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. 126, No. 20, October 6

Accused Baptist Swindler Sued for Gambling Debt
An accused swindler who allegedly traded on his Southern Baptist faith in business dealings owes more than a quarter-million dollars in gambling debt, according to a lawsuit filed by the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas. Allen Stanford is in jail awaiting...
A Family Undertaking: Caring for Our Dead
WHEN HARRIET ERICSON died in January 2007 at age 93, she went to the grave in the same manner in which she lived her final years--lovingly tended by her son Rodger Ericson of Austin, Texas. A former U.S. Air Force chaplain and Lutheran pastor (ELCA),...
Anglican and Others
RUPERT SHORTT IS religion editor of the Times Literary Supplement in London (he also covers the fields of Latin America and Spain for the TLS) and author of two recent biographies: Benedict XVI: Commander of the Faith (2006) and Rowan's Rule (2008),...
Cold Souls
Cold Souls. Written and directed by Sophie Barthes. Starring Paul Giamatti, David Strathaim and Emily Watson. The idea of bartering or battling with the devil for one's soul is an old one. Cold Souls, a low-budget independent film written...
Graveside
THE ARTICLES IN this issue on funerals set me to thinking about my own experience and the changes I have witnessed in funerals. In my first two congregations I never conducted a funeral in the church itself. Every funeral was held in a funeral home,...
In It Together
Sociologist Robert Bellah calls individualism "the default mode" of American culture. It provides the rhetoric and political convictions to which people instinctively turn--whether or not it makes sense in the situation. This deep desire to maximize...
Mixed Identities: Religious Diversity in the U.K
LONDON IS THE WORLD'S most diverse city, with more than 30 percent of its residents hailing from outside England. This diversity is abundantly evident on market day in East London, as thousands of people crush into Petticoat Lane, and the trendier...
Oldline Protestant Churches Feeling Their Age
Amid their "slow but general retreat" this decade in terms of financial health and membership, the oldline Protestant churches are especially hampered by the aging of their memberships, a new study says. Pastors of some six out of ten mainline Protestant...
Pep-Rally Protest
ONE DAY IN THE early 1990s when the news was filled with the story of the Menendez brothers, my wife, Jane, was driving with our three-year-old daughter, Callie. A reporter said something about the Menendez brothers killing their parents and Callie...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, October 11 Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31 SOMETIMES WE ARE most afraid of what we most need. It's one of the more perplexing mysteries of the human heart. Happiness, peace, healing and all the other elements of fullness of life can be...
Russian Patriarch Wants Former Gulag Turned into a Spiritual Center
The new patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church said that he would like to see a former Soviet gulag on the Solovetsky Islands off the northern coast of Russia transformed into a spiritual center. Patriarch Kirill I said that his grandfather, a...
Sin Nombre
Sin Nombre. Directed by Cary Fukunaga. Starring Edgar M. Flores and Paulina Gaitan. In his first feature film, Cary Fukunaga delivers a beautiful and powerful depiction of the lives of Central Americans crossing through Mexico to the United...
Swiss Faith Leaders Oppose National Ban on Minarets
The Swiss Council of Religions, which includes Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders, has gone on record rejecting a call for a nationwide ban on the construction of minarets at mosques. Some Swiss groups want to ban minarets out of fear of Europe's...
The Good Funeral: Recovering Christian Practices
WHEN ELIZABETH JANZEN died in a Minneapolis nursing home, the staff immediately notified the closest relative, her daughter Sarah in St. Louis. Sarah, who had faithfully visited her mother once a month, arranged for Elizabeth to be cremated, for the...
The Nestorian Faithful
I had the opportunity to meet members of one of the world's oldest and most heroic churches recently when I spoke to the national youth conference of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East. The meeting was held, of all places, in San...
Truly Global: Financing the Ecumenical Future
AS THE CHURCH'S growth in the global South rapidly and radically reshapes the profile of world Christianity, separation between the major streams and families of faith is growing deeper every day. Living Christian traditions remain isolated from one...
World Council of Churches Urges Stop to Settlements, but Israel Moving Ahead
The World Council of Churches has called on the Israeli government to "implement an open-ended freeze" on all settlement construction and expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem "in preparation for negotiating peace in good faith" in the region....
Zondervan to Publish Updated NIV Bible
The copyright holder of the New International Version of the Bible says that it will phase out the controversial gender-inclusive Today's New International Version translation once a panel of evangelical scholars completes work on a thoroughly reviewed...

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