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. 128, No. 5, March 8

Allah and the Trinity: A Christian Response to Muslims
IN THE FALL OF 2008, I got a chance to ask one of the Muslim world's most prominent clerics, Sheikh Habib Ali al-Jifri, founder and director of the Tabah Foundation, a question of great interest to me. "Do you think that Muslims and Christians worship...
Bringing Guns to Church
The way pastor Jonathan Wilkins sees it, members of his Baptist church in Thomaston, Georgia, should have the right to carry guns into worship services to protect the congregation. Wilkins's Baptist Tabernacle and a Georgia gun-rights association are...
Catholic Relics and Papal Remains
When Vatican officials announced recently that Pope Benedict XVI's 2005 election rendered his organ donor card null and void, they offered no specific reason for the change. The curious history of papal body parts, however, offers some clues. "A decision...
Egypt's Uprising
The popular uprising that led to Hosni Mubarak's downfall may have caught the world by surprise, but to many who knew Egypt it seemed inevitable. In a recent book appropriately titled Egypt on the Brink, Tarek Osman painted a picture of a 30-year regime...
In Full Accord: Paul's Social Gospel
ON JUNE 2, 1953, the day England's Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, my parents gave to my sister and me a Bible each. It was a small but fat King James Version; that's the only Bible we knew in our church at that time. My sister, a year older than me,...
Labor Ruling Has 'Religious' Colleges Shaking
A small Catholic college in Riverdale, New York, recently got some news that sent shivers through many religious schools: part-time faculty have a right to form a union on campus. But that wasn't the worst of it. The National Labor Relations Board...
Living Traditions
I READ THE Wall Street Journal not daily but frequently, and while I appreciate the breadth of the coverage and the quality of the writing, I often find something to fuss with on the editorial pages. In the case of Russell D. Moore's article "Where...
Martha's Problem: What Is the 'Better Part'?)
FRAMED BY OUR kitchen window, a little brown house sparrow flits from one rhododendron branch to another. She looks nervous, fluttering and zipping from here to there, there to here--never pausing in one place for more than a second or two. I can...
Muslim Brotherhood Figure Disdained U.S. Morality
Is the pop standard "Baby It's Cold Outside" a heartwarming ode to winter romance or the worst example of American hedonism? After hearing the song at a Colorado church dance in the late 1940s, Egyptian exchange student Sayyid Qutb viewed the song...
Obama Picks New Round of Faith-Based Advisers
President Obama has named some top U.S. church leaders to an advisory council on faith-based programs, but the list of appointments is drawing questions about a lack of representatives from minority faiths. The 12 names released late on February...
Pop Singer Justin Bieber Also Low-Key Evangelist
With a smooth voice, a signature mop of hair and a string of hits, Canadian singer Justin Bieber has accumulated millions of fans, and last year he sold 3.7 million albums in the United States. Now Bieber's handlers are showcasing another side of the...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, March 13 Genesis 2: 15-17 IF YOU'VE EVER changed a diaper, you know that when the baby has a diaper removed, especially a cloth one, there's usually a rush of energy, often laughter, and a convulsion of kicking and rolling and sheer exultation...
Second-Semester Longings
IT HAS BEEN a tough first week of classes. On Monday, the temperature never rose above ten degrees. Last night a foot of heavy snow fell on top of the nearly two feet already on the ground. I wasn't sure how many people I would find at our first...
Superstitious Prayers
Recently I've been suffering a medical ailment. It's nothing life-threatening, but it's serious enough to have required multiple visits to doctors and nurses and even one trip to the emergency room. On the trip to the emergency room I got ushered...
True Grit
True Grit Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] True Grit is the last thing you'd expect from the movies' most resolutely ironic brother act,...

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