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. 127, No. 24, November 30

Christians, Muslims Call for Joint Crisis Group
Global Christian and Muslim leaders meeting in Switzerland have jointly called for the formation of a group which can be mobilized whenever a crisis threatens to arise in which Christians and Muslims find themselves in conflict. In closing their...
Danforth Center Hopes to Set Tone for Civility
Just across from the Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis, employees are moving into a new center named for another legendary Missouri politician. The John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, launched...
Did Democrats Forget Faith-Based Outreach?
As Democrats conducted a postmortem on the November elections, some liberal leaders declared that one diagnosis was immediately clear: the party's outreach to religious voters had been lifeless. Democrats took control of Congress in 2006 and the...
Faithful Dalits: Christians and Caste
THE STREETS OF Chennai, formerly Madras, India's fourth largest city, are jammed with bikes, buses, trucks and cars, all careening in and out and around each other, honking incessantly and largely to no avail. An occasional sign on the back of a truck...
Faith Seeking Wisdom: How My Mind Has Changed
It is by living and dying that one becomes a theologian, Martin Luther said. With that comment in mind, we have resumed a CENTURY series published at intervals since 1939 and asked theologians to reflect on their own struggles, disappointments, questions...
Hefty Reading
I'VE RECENTLY READ and I highly recommend the following four books. Each is different and satisfying. Each is hefty, which is satisfying in its own way--it always feels like something of a statement to travel with a hardback book that's hard to fit...
Hereafter
Hereafter Directed by Clint Eastwood Starring Matt Damon and Cecile De France A plethora of films deal with the afterlife, the shady domain Hamlet calls "that undiscovered country." From them could be built a looming tower of unanswered questions...
Iraqi Christians Living in Fear, Say Baptists
As bombings increased recently in Baghdad, a Baptist pastor in the Iraqi capital told a European Baptist leader that Christians there are living in fear, especially after an attack October 31 at a Catholic church left nearly 60 dead. Security forces...
Obama Hears Concerns of NCC Leaders
THE DAY before elections some 20 Christian leaders met and prayed with President Obama at the White House and discussed a host of concerns, including Middle East conflicts, domestic poverty and incivility in political life. The gathering probably...
Oklahoma Muslims Wary after Shari'a Referendum
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Sarah Albahadily will wear her headscarf to a Brad Paisley concert and her cowboy boots to a mosque. There are two things she says she never misses: Friday prayers or a University of Oklahoma football game. But after...
Openly Gay Bishop Robinson Sets Retirement Date
Most Episcopal bishops retire around age 65, and Bishop V. Gene Robinson made his retirement date official by asking the Diocese of New Hampshire to elect a successor so that he can retire in early 2013. Addressing delegates November 6 at the diocesan...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, December 5 Isaiah 11:1-10; Roman 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12 ON THIS second Sunday of Advent, perhaps the paraments should be red rather than blue or purple. Red has become our Holy Spirit hue, the liturgical color that accompanies occasions...
Room to Speak: Korean-American Women in the PCUSA
IN 2004, I WAS the 40th Korean-American clergywoman to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Forty seems a small number when you consider that in 2011, Korean-American clergywomen will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first ordination...
Seminary for Teens: Lilly's Youth Theological Initiative
RIVONTE MOORE, 17, doesn't think of himself as a theologian. But he raised his hand in a class at Atlanta's Candler School of Theology last summer to debate the meaning of the term "sentimental nihilism" as used by Cornel West in Democracy Matters....
Shared Devotion
TOWARD THE END of 1960, Trappist monk Thomas Merton, living in a monastery in Kentucky, began a correspondence with Abdul Aziz, a Muslim civil servant in Karachi, Pakistan. Until Merton's death in 1968, the two men exchanged books and long letters...
Smokey's Handshake: Passing the Peace in Advent
I'M LISTENING to the cautioning words of the Gospel reading for the first Sunday of Advent: "Keep awake!" Smokey sits still next to me. I am surprised, since he's usually getting up and down throughout worship. He's often the first person to arrive...
The Case for Prosperity
Prosperity can be a real problem. As new Christian churches have flourished in the non-Western world in recent decades, their conservative attitudes on theological and moral issues have caused some discomfort for liberal-minded Euro-Americans. In one...
The Young 'Nones'
Youth are not the future of the church--they already are the church." That claim is often made by those with a heart for youth ministry. People who work with youth resist the idea that their ministry is a training ground for future ministers, because...

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