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. 4, February 22

Abortion: Facing Facts
WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH spoke last month at a major antiabortion rally, he endorsed the activists' cause but admitted that their primary goal--making abortion illegal--is not likely to be achieved anytime soon. He added that "a true culture of life cannot...
Baylor's Sloan Steps Down to Chancellor
Baylor University President Robert Sloan will step down June 1, ending one of the stormiest periods in the school's 160-year history. Admitting he was a "lightning rod" while pushing for ambitious growth at the Waco, Texas, campus, Sloan said he willingly...
Bush Cites Faith, Sets Agenda
IN THE 12 DAYS between his second inaugural speech, replete with religious references, and his State of the Union address, delivered in more secular tones, President George W. Bush enjoyed what appeared to be a moment of success in his administration's...
Changing Lives
I LOVED READING in this issue about great teachers, teachers who have a way of changing lives. I found it impossible not to think about the teachers who changed me. My best college teacher was Sid Wise, professor of government at Franklin and Marshall...
Class Issues: An Extracurricular Education
AT THE OPENING gathering during my first year at Yale Divinity School, the new students met in the beautiful chapel, with its tall ceilings and clear congregational-style windows. Someone smartly bearded told us how lucky we were to be there. Meanwhile,...
Former MCC Leader Now Episcopal Priest
Gwynne Guibord was the chief ecumenical officer for the mostly gay Metropolitan Community Churches based in Los Angeles when that position was eliminated three years ago. The MCC cleric was active in ecumenical circles, serving as president of the...
Fullers Fired by Habitat Directors
Millard and Linda Fuller have been dismissed abruptly from their jobs with Habitat for Humanity International, the worldwide Christian housing ministry they founded and led for nearly three decades, charged with being "divisive and disruptive to the...
GOP, Bush Continue Wooing Black Pastors
The Republican courting of black clergy, evident during the 2004 presidential campaign, has picked up the pace again, to the dismay of some Democrats. The first of seven regional U.S. conferences drew scores of African-American ministers February...
Holy Franchise
THE DICTIONARIES of saints leap alphabetically from St. Frances of Rome to St. Fremund, with stops along the way to a half dozen St. Francises. The saint I was looking for, however, was unlisted: "St. Franchise." I learned about him from Omega Services...
Invisible Wounds
WE HEAR ABOUT the U.S troops killed in Iraq, and we sometimes see their faces on the TV screen or staring out at us from the newspaper. The number of dead stands at about 1,442. There is a second statistic: 10,770 troops have been injured. For many...
Karmic Event
WHEN DISASTER STRIKES, people turn to religion to help them answer two questions: Why did this happen? and What should we do about it? Call the first the meaning question and the second the action question. In the aftermath of the tsunami, which struck...
Kids with Cameras
ZANA BRISKI is a New York photojournalist who went to India in 1995 to document the plight of women in a patriarchal society. In 1998 she encountered the prostitutes working in the red light district of Calcutta. She moved in with them and got to know...
Making Health Care a Moral Issue
Insisting that health care is a moral issue, religious liberals are demanding that Capitol Hill make it a priority when Congress takes up the president's budget proposal this month. A letter to Congress signed by more than 75 nationally known religious...
Move On
Sunday, March 6 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 SAMUEL, THE Billy Graham of his day, was adviser to the political leader Saul, the Pete Rose of ancient Israel. Samuel anointed Saul to be the first king of Israel. But...
Spectacular Failure
WHEN I VISIT art museums, I always reward myself with a trip to the gift shop at the end. I may not be able to afford any of the masterpieces that I have seen on display, but I can take away some postcards or a souvenir booklet to refresh my memory....
Spiritual Snobs
Sunday, February 27 Psalm 95; John 4:5-42 IT IS TEMPTING to sit in judgment on others. Sometimes we do it in jest, as Mark Twain did when commenting on Adam. "Adam was but human--this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake,...
Supporting Parents
WHEN MY SON David was born in 1967, fathers were not allowed in the delivery room. So I posted myself outside the delivery-room door and prayed. My wife, Dot, had had German measles (rubella) in the early months of her pregnancy. She was a pediatrics...
Teaching Moments: What Makes a Great Teacher? We Asked Some Theologians to Write about a Teacher Who Had a Major Impact on Their Faith and Life
Energetic listening William C. Placher on David Kelsey WHEN I ARRIVED at Yale more than 30 years ago to do graduate work in theology, I soon heard other students urging that I take a course with David Kelsey. Even as an undergraduate I had already...
The Red and the Blue
COLUMNISTS have the luxury of saying what mainstream media often ignore or brush aside. Within journalistic limits of fairness, accuracy and good taste, the columnist gets to stop and stare at the underside of news reports, which explains why columnists...
Virtual Seminary: Experiments in Video Learning
FOR PEOPLE UNABLE to attend seminary, seminary can come to them, thanks to a new project-from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. The Wesley Ministry Network (WMN) enables people to sit in on the seminary lecture hall (via DVD), chat with...
Web Sites for Bible and Theology Research
Web sites for Bible and theology research SITE BEST FOR ... DESCRIPTION The Old Testament and the Resources and Hosted by Ralph Klein Ancient Near East links for Old (Lutheran School of www.ot-studies.com...
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