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. 26, December 27

Activist's Boycott Ends after Macy's Relents
About this time last year, Manuel Zamorano was making his list, checking it twice, and Macy's department stores came up naughty, not nice. This year, the Folsom, California, grandfather is singing a different tune, something more like "Have Yourself...
Agony in Pakistan: After the Quake
As many as 25,000 of the 35,000 people who lived in the city of Balakot died in the earthquake that hit northern Pakistan and India-controlled Kashmir in October. Bibi Rahiba lost her husband, one brother, and three of her five children. Weeks after...
A Good Cry
Barbara Wheeler, president of Auburn Theological Seminary, tells about flying from New York to California one December to make a speech at Fuller Theological Seminary. She spent three valuable upgrade coupons to secure a first-class seat so she could...
Can Democrats Get Religion? Left and Center Grand Rapids
Conventional wisdom has it that the Democrats don't know how to talk about faith. Religion is a Republican and conservative thing, not something that liberals and progressives feel comfortable discussing. Democrats like Jimmy Carter are exceptions...
Christmas Used as Political Tool, or Not
Conservative Christian activists on the political scene have hoped to capitalize on the success of Manuel Zamorano. The U.S. holiday tree on Capitol Hill was renamed the U.S. Christmas tree this month, though the White House may not have gotten the...
Christmas Wrappings
Andy, our ten-year-old, loves to hear stories about his baby years. He has a stock of secondhand memories that have become his own through frequent retelling, and his favorite one is about Christmas presents. "Remember what I used to do with my Christmas...
Closed on Sunday
It's often argued that theologically conservative churches have been successful because they require a good deal of their members in loyalty, time and money. But the opposite case can also be made: conservative churches are closely attuned to popular...
Creator God: The Debate on Intelligent Design
Intelligent design is the theory that the universe is too complex a place to be accounted for by an appeal to natural selection and the random processes of evolution. Some kind of overarching intellect must have been at work in the design of the natural...
Good and Terrible: The God of Narnia
The seven books of C. S. Lewis's Narnia Chronicle, which sell 6 million copies annually, are being filmed by Walden Media, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Pictures. Disney has spent $150 million (plus millions more for advertising) on the first episode,...
Living by the Word: Homeward Bound
Sunday, January 8 John 1:10-18; Jeremiah 31:7-14 It's all grace," my dear friend replied. For some reason, I was surprised at the simplicity and firmness of her answer. I'd asked how she was able to face the last stages of cancer with such peace,...
Living by the Word: Living on Tiptoe
Sunday, January 1 Luke 2:22-40; Psalm 148 In a culture that has made efficiency a moral requirement and credit-card purchasing a way of life, delays are frustrating. Instant messaging, fast food meals and express deliveries reinforce a sense that...
Long-Lost Gospel of Judas to Be Published
The heresy-fighting bishop Irenaeus of Lyon, France, mentioned the Gospel of Judas about 180 AD, linking the writing to a Gnostic sect. Some two centuries later, Epiphanius, bishop of Cyprus, criticized the Gospel of Judas for treating the betrayer...
Man in Black
Director Sidney lumet once lampooned the "rubber ducky" school of drama: "Someone once took his rubber ducky away from him, and that's why he's a deranged killer." In telling the story of singer Johnny Cash and his tumultuous reckoning with fame--including...
Name-Dropping
Jeff Samardzija's is not the first difficult name on the Notre Dame football roster, nor does one expect to find familiar names--that is, familiar to Anglos--in sports in this cosmopolitan era. Yet his name signals a problem for many. USA Today (October...
Nature's God: Nancey Murphy on Religion and Science
With advanced degrees in theology and the philosophy of science, Nancey Murphy has specialized in the relationship between Christian thought and scientific knowledge. Her book Theology in the Age of Scientific Reasoning (1990) won the American Academy...
The Life Force
When two violent criminals show up at Tom Stall's diner, he is forced to take action. He overcomes the assailants, obtains their gun and kills them. Widespread news coverage tells the story of this peaceful family man who halted the killers and their...
Voices of 2005
"When I went to Washington as the pope's envoy just before the outbreak of the [Iraq] war, [President Bush] told me, 'Don't worry, your eminence. We'll be quick and do well in Iraq.' Unfortunately, the facts have demonstrated afterward that things...
Will New Rules on Gays Mean Any Change at Catholic Seminaries?
When Joe Yokum considered a call to the Catholic priesthood five years ago, the first thing a seminary official asked him was not his understanding of the Trinity or of salvation, or even why he wanted to be a priest. "Do you consider yourself to...
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