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. 123, No. 16, August 8

Bare Minimum: When Adjusted for Inflation, the Minimum Wage Is at Its Lowest Points in the Past 50 Years
THEY SERVE US at restaurants; they trim our lawns; they clean our houses and hotel rooms; they take our money at convenience stores. They are the minimum-wage earners, who, if their state's minimum isn't higher, are paid just $5.15 an hour. At 40 hours...
Churches Challenge Plan to Limit Religious Assistance to Cuba
A Bush administration recommendation that the United States should further limit humanitarian and religious aid to Cuba is contrary to religious freedom, say many U.S. Christian groups with long ties to Protestants on the island. The Commission...
Everything You Wanted to Know about Christianity
SOME PEOPLE in America are scared silly of Christianity, but many of the most frightened know very little about it. They throw around terms like fundamentalist and evangelical with very little knowledge of their meaning, and this is before they enter...
Family Tree
GENEALOGISTS TELL us that many U.S. presidents are related to each other through descent from King Edward III, a father of nine and ancestor of Washington, Jefferson, both Adamses, and both Roosevelts, plus Robert E. Lee, Charles Darwin and--here's...
Gift List
PAY ATTENTION: These are our values." That's what we're saying when we make decisions about spending money or ask others to spend money on our behalf. For an engaged couple, it all starts with the wedding. Brides magazine reports that the average cost...
Griswold Criticizes 'Two-Tier' Plan for Anglican Churches
In his first full response to a highlevel proposal to divide the worldwide Anglican Communion into voting and nonvoting camps, the top leader of the Episcopal Church has said it "raises serious questions about how we understand ourselves as being the...
Healthy Limits
ON THE HEELS of denominational meetings this summer, "Everything you wanted to know about Christianity" (page 8) is just what I needed. I take my denominational responsibilities seriously. I value the theological traditions. I attend the meetings,...
Katrina Relief Official Quits after Pastors Fault Fiscal Oversight
The executive director of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund has resigned her post after prominent members of the fund's religious advisory committee quit and harshly criticized the manner in which the fund made grants to houses of worship. Fund cochairs...
Living by the Word: Kindly Candor
Sunday, August 13 Ephesians 4:25-5:2 I HAVE A philosophy about life," a friend said recently. "The world would be a much better place if people took a moment to let people know about the positive impact they have had on others' lives. Too much time...
Living by the Word: Whose Casserole?
Sunday, August 20 John 6:51-58 WHEN MY DAUGHTER was in grade school, her teacher included a unit on table manners. The rule that amused me was, "When served food, you should never ask, 'What is this?'" I don't think I've asked that question aloud,...
Moltmann Wins Theology World Cup
German Protestant Jurgen Moltmann was declared the greatest theologian of the 20th century in the finals of the Systematic Theology World Cup, conducted on the Internet while the world's top soccer tournament was being played in Germany. "Moltmann's...
Program Aids Newly Ordained Ministers
When Amanda Adams was growing up, she considered a number of professions: doctor, nurse, writer, teacher, psychologist and bareback rider. She eventually became a Presbyterian minister because it includes all the things she wants. "Ministry," said...
Retro Savior
THERE ARE a priori reasons to dislike Superman Returns. Superman is always a little campy in his tights and red Underoos. And how can the film measure up to such cool and thoughtful superfare as X-Men or Spider-Man? Improved computer graphics and younger,...
Romney's Mormon Faith No Presidential Obstacle, Some Say
When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, he was the first Catholic to seek the Oval Office. To win, he had to convince non-Catholic voters that, among other things, he wouldn't take orders from the pope. Now another Massachusetts politician...
Soldiers on Tape
IN 2004, about a year into Operation Iraqi Freedom, as the insurgency was gathering steam, journalist Deborah Scranton was offered a chance to embed herself with a military company that included members of the New Hampshire National Guard. She declined...
Stem Cell Bill Vetoed amid Political Moves
PRESIDENT BUSH exercised the first veto of his presidency to reject a bill that would have expanded federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The legislation that Bush vetoed July 18 was passed by the Senate on a bipartisan 63-37 vote the...
System Failure: The Ethics of Immigration Reform
A HUMAN RIGHTS lawyer, Ralston Deffenbaugh has since 1991 been president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, an agency of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church...
The Cracked Vase
MY PARENTS collected beautiful, delicate pottery from Southeast Asia. Since these pieces were arranged around the house just out of reach of running children and frisky dogs, it was not until I was a teenager that I noticed a vase that did not fit...
Voters and Values: The Divided Mind of the Religious Left
THE RISE OF the religious left has been rumored or trumpeted for almost two decades. A series of organizations--Call to Renewal, the Inter-faith Alliance, Faith in Public Life, Faith Voices for the Common Good, the Network of Spiritual Progressives,...
Why Maria Crossed Over: One Family's Binational Life
LAST SUMMER I was invited by a hospice chaplain to accompany him on a visit to the family of Maria Durand de Perez, a Mexican woman who had died a few weeks earlier in the border town of San Ysidro, California, at the astonishing age of 111. Knowing...
World Church Leaders Urge Mideast Ceasefire
Christian leaders representing millions of Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and Catholic faithful, along with councils of churches, are calling for an end to the large-scale violence in Lebanon and Israel. "The escalating violence and regional dimension...

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