The Christian Century

Founded on January 4, 1900, The Christian Century is a biweekly magazine published by The Christian Century. Its subject is religion. The Rev. John M. Buchanan is Editor and Publisher and David Heim is Executive Editor.

Articles from Vol. 122, No. 2, January 25

A Few Good Preachers
IT HAS ALWAYS been easy to romanticize a "golden age" of preaching. Clyde rant contends that it's always three generations ago. He reminds us that near the end of the 19th century, when preachers like Theodore Parker, Henry Ward Beecher and Phillips...
Baptist Moderate Honeycutt Dies at 78
Roy Honeycutt, the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, from 1982 to 1993 during the height of the moderate-fundamentalist battle among Southern Baptists, died December 21, a day after suffering head injuries in...
Be Happy
Sunday, January 30 Micah 6:1-8; Matthew 5:1-12 WHEN SISTER MARY CORITA was asked to submit a piece of her artwork for consideration in the Vatican exhibit at the 1964 New York World's Fair, she chose to do a piece on the Beatitudes. Although it...
Beyond Disbelief
I GREW UP in an apartment on the 12th floor of a World War II era red-brick apartment building in lower Manhattan, with my parents and a goldfinch. In an identical red-brick building, across from the playground where I got m), head stuck between iron...
Brethren to Revive Alternative Service Plans
Officials of the Church of the Brethren say they will follow through on a request from the Selective Service to have "alternative service" programs in place for conscientious objectors if a military draft is reinstated. Leaders of one of the historic...
Churchgoers Rush Relief Funds Via Internet
ALTHOUGH TSUNAMI recovery supplies destined for nations bordering the Indian Ocean were slowed at first by transportation bottlenecks and chaotic conditions, churchgoers were able to speed generous donations via computer to relief agencies responding...
Church-State Changes Loom in New Congress
As the 109th Congress goes to work this month, legislative battles over religious and moral issues are virtually certain to remain as prominent as they were last year, say two Washington observers of church-state issues. Holly Hollman of the Baptist...
Courting Disaster: Gonzales as Attorney General?
I'S ALBERTO GONZALES qualified to be attorney general of the United States? By some measures, yes. The man who hopes to become the first Latino to occupy that office rose front humble origins to graduate from Harvard Law School and to serve as a justice...
Creation Groans
IT IS HARD to speak theologically about the Indian Ocean tsunami without being banal or obscene. To say the event reminds us of ore" finitude or our inability to control nature is to mumble platitudes. To say God willed such devastation for some greater...
Heart of the Matter
Sunday, February 6 Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 99; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9 THE VAGARIES of the calendar and the cycles of the moon bring in an early Lent and Easter this year, and so the transfiguration has come early too, cutting short the season...
Israeli Authorities Indict Ossuary Owner
Criminal indictments brought in Jerusalem against four men, including the antiquities collector linked to the James ossuary, or bone box, have prompted museums and devotees of biblical archaeology to think again about the authenticity of artifacts...
Me, My Church and I
SPIRITUALITY" VERSUS "religion" has become a defining conflict of our time. Former colleague Winnifred Sullivan taught me that some people take all of the things they don't like out of religion and call what's left "spirituality." Spiritualities modified...
Misgivings about Sudan Peace Accord
When the government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Army signed a peace accord and power-sharing arrangement on New Year's Eve at Lake Naivasha, Kenya, South African President Thabo Mbeki, who witnessed the signing, declared, "Africa begins...
Room at the Inn
IN 1994 Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in Kigali, Rwanda, risked his life to help save more than 1,200 men, women and children from the ethnic cleansing that wiped out nearly 1 million Rwandans in 100 days. Through this true story Hotel Rwanda...
Taking Exception: When Torture Becomes Thinkable
TORTURE SEEMS to have become a tool of state for the U.S. Why? If torture is not unplanned, what purpose does it serve? It is usually assumed that prisoners are tortured to make them relinquish information. However, that is hardly an adequate explanation;...
Ten Best Films of '04
PAUL RUSESABAGINA, a member of the Hutu majority tribe in Rwanda, is married to a member of the Tutsi, the minority tribe that colonial powers installed as the nation's rulers in an interference tactic that was common during the 19th century. By 1994,...
The Power of a Picture: How Protestants Imaged the Gospel
IN LAST YEAR'S election campaign we were reminded that images can overpower words. The U.S. military prohibited the taking of pictures of flag draped coffins arriving from Iraq even as it freely shared statistics on the number of American dead. It...
Tsunami Now, Climate Change Tomorrow, Warn Church Officials
The killer tsunami that devastated islands and shorelines on the Indian Ocean within hours last month ought to alert political leaders to the perils of what some scientists call a much slower but earth-circling climate change, say two international...
Why, God?
PERHAPS IT WAS John Wesley who observed that a preacher has only a few things to say, only a few sermons to preach, and that the task of preaching is a matter of addressing in newly creative and energetic ways the few essential themes. After four decades...
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