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. 125, No. 15, July 29

Among Royalty
IN THE 1960s, famed community organizer Saul Alinksy, Arthur M. Brazier and the Woodlawn Organization took on the University of Chicago, the mayor's office, some church groups and even this magazine as they strove to improve life for people in the...
Anglican Leader Rebuffs Challenge to His Authority
The archbishop of Canterbury has declared that conservatives' plans to usurp his leadership in the Anglican Communion are "problematic in all sorts of ways," saying Anglicans must renew--not dismiss--their now-frayed connections. Archbishop Rowan...
Degree of Tolerance
A recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that Americans are quite accepting of religions other than their own. Seventy percent of those with a religious affiliation agreed that "many religions can lead to eternal life." Among...
Eminent Victorians
THE NEW ATHEIST movement has reached its high-water mark, and there are signs that it is starting to recede. Wishful thinking, you say? Aren't there more and more antireligious tracts on the bestseller lists? Aren't these writers terribly clever? Perhaps...
Episcopal Court Finds Bishop Guilty of Hiding Abuse by Brother
An Episcopal Church court has unanimously found Bishop Charles E. Bennison guilty of not responding appropriately to sexual abuse committed by his brother against a teenage girl more than three decades ago. The 64-year-old Bennison, who has led...
Excavating Jesus: An Interview with Jonathan L. Reed
UNLESS WE UNDERSTAND something of life in the first century, says archaeologist Jonathan L. Reed, we have "no chance of understanding Jesus or Paul, Peter or Mary." Archaeological finds provide "an intimate glimpse into the past," he writes, and they...
How Martyrs Are Made: Stories of the Faithful
The fire made the likeness of a room, like the sail of a vessel filled with wind, and surrounded the body of the martyr as with a wall, and he was within it not as burning flesh, but as bread that is being baked, or as gold and silver being refined...
Inland Drilling: A Debate over Mining in Upper Michigan
ON THE southern shore of Lake Superior, rugged edges of deep green forest merge with cliffs of sandstone and million-year-old granite to mark the northern boundary of Powell Township. For most Michigan citizens, this remains a remote, forgotten corner...
Jewish Groups Pleased by PCUSA Stand on Mideast
Jewish groups said the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s recent call for peace in the Middle East is an "important step forward" in repairing relations between the two sides after several years of acrimony. At the Presbyterians' General Assembly meeting...
Living by the Word: Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, August 3 Matthew 14:13-21 JESUS IS IN DISTRESS. He's still shaking the dust off his feet from that unhappy visit home when he learns that Herod has had his cousin John beheaded. Jesus is spent. He withdraws to a deserted place. No...
Obama Pledges to Expand Bush's Faith-Based Works
Adopting a federal program criticized strongly by some liberals, Senator Barack Obama says he would expand and improve President Bush's initiative to fund religious charities and community ministries and make it central to his administration should...
Presbyterians Push Again for Gay Clergy
The nation's largest Presbyterian denomination has again pushed open the door to ordaining noncelibate gay and lesbian clergy, though the decades-old fight is far from over. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly, meeting in San Jose,...
Something Christlike
THE VERSION OF Christianity that appears in the media often embarrasses me: it's narrow, sectarian, exclusive and sometimes mean-spirited. So it was a joy to find in the May 26 New Yorker an article by novelist Ian Frazier about a church being a church...
Tanzania Bishop Tells Lutheran World Federation Gay Relations Unacceptable
The host bishop at a global Lutheran conference in Tanzania raised the thorny issue of homosexuality in his sermon opening the meeting of the main governing body of the 68-million-strong Lutheran World Federation--a group that has so far avoided the...
The Edge of Heaven
The Edge of Heaven. Written and directed by Fatih Akin. Starring Tuncel Kurtiz, Nursel Kose, Baki Davrak, Nurgul Yesilcay, Hanna Schygulla and Patrycia Ziolkowska. Most of The Edge of Heaven feels like a shaggy dog story. It's not until well...
Virqinia Judge Sides with Breakaway Churches
A CIVIL WAR--ERA law that lets Virginia churches keep their property when leaving a denomination where a "division" has occurred is constitutional, a county judge has ruled, siding with 11 former Episcopal parishes. Fairfax County judge Randy I....
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