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. 115, No. 17, June 3

American Mayhem: School Shootings
When did teenagers start gunning down their classmates and teachers? Over the past two years, nine different schools have become scenes of murder. Twenty-one people have been killed and 46 injured at the hands of high school or middle school students....
Death Threat Aimed at Peace Activists
The Chicago office of Christian Peacemaker Teams, a group affiliated with the traditional peace churches, recently received a death threat recorded on its telephone answering machine. The undamed caller, who claimed to be from the Israeli consulate,...
Evil Ways: A Morality Play
The faces of Monica Lewinsky, Ken Starr and Bill Clinton are like red figures against a blue background, dancing in a Matisse-like circle, arms outstretched, hands touching, each one mysteriously (even fatally) related to the other two. Two are intelligent...
Friends and Mentors: The Message of Children's Stories
Aristotle said it a long time ago: "Without friends no one would choose to live." Friendships bring a goodness and grace into our lives whose value transcends material measure. What worth are wealth or possessions, Aristotle challenges us to consider,...
Giving to Religion: How Generous Are We?
There is good reason to believe that Americans are receiving an overly optimistic picture of charitable giving in the U.S. As a result, church members do not have accurate information to help assess their own giving or to evaluate broader trends....
Gratitude at Last
I have come to see gratitude as primary among the spiritual virtues, the wellspring, as it were. I also think it makes a suitable subject for my last column in the Faith Matters series. Gratitude is very much a part of the writing process, but...
Lutheran-Episcopal Accord Wins Backers
A proposed new accord between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church is getting its first consideration by the ELCA's grass roots as the denomination's synods, or regional jurisdictions, hold their annual meetings. So...
Nuclear Tests Spark Calls for Test Ban Treaty
A coalition of some 200 religious leaders, including the heads of major Protestant, Catholic and Jewish denominations and agencies, has called on the Senate to "proceed swiftly" to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. "The United States Senate...
Orthodox Press Grievances
The world council of Churches' December assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe, is likely to face a partial boycott of its worship services--and of voting during most of its debates--by some major churches. A meeting of high-level representatives of the 15...
Rage and Beyond: Father's Day Initiative - Churches Are Willing to Acknowledge Many Ills, but Child Abuse Is Usually Not One of Them
A native celebration of parents and parenthood sometimes takes place in church on Father's Day But this year, I am encouraged by the launching of a new initiative in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): a 12-member task force "Healing Domestic Violence:...
Religious-Persecution Bill Passes in House
Legislation designed to ease the plight of persecuted religious minorities abroad passed the House May 14 with broad bipartisan support, despite the Clinton administration's continued opposition to the measure. Called the Freedom from Religious Persecution...
Spare Places
Near the end of the WPA in 1939, I painted a large round sign for a building in Battle Creek, Nebraska (pop. 702), identifying the "Recreation Hall" and "Theatre." A photograph of that hall and sign hangs inside our home entrance hall, framed with...
Stay and Follow
He was buried alive, this man of the Gerasenes. He was alive, but he lived in a graveyard among the tombs. Modern interpreters tell us that the people possessed by demons in the Gospels probably suffered from forms of mental illness. Some mental...
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