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. 8, April 20

A Bill about Life
In the end, the issue of abortion did not derail health-care reform. But that's what would have happened had the U.S. Catholic bishops and some hard-line antiabortion Protestant groups had their way. The legislation that passed stipulates that individuals...
At Small Georgia Church, Ex-President Still a Draw
With its aging storefronts and small train depot, its graceful pecan trees and clipped fields of peanuts, cotton and hay, peace still seems possible in the tiny town of Plains, Georgia. And nowhere is that peace protected more fiercely than at Maranatha...
Body Counts: The Dark Side of Christian History
WITH ITS LONG coastline, rugged mountains and haunting sand dunes, Oman is truly a paradise for desert lovers, hikers and boaters alike. Muscat, the capital city, is a gem--its arched white buildings and flat roofs squeezed between blue waters of the...
Churches Weigh in on Health-Care Reform
United Methodists serving in the House of Representatives opposed the historic passage of the health-care reform package 26 to 18, with five Democrats joining 21 Republicans in voting no. Yet, in remarks just before the March 21 vote, House Speaker...
Did Ratzinger Mishandle Wisconsin Case?
AMERICAN VICTIMS of clerical sexual abuse protested at the Vatican after a New York Times article detailed letters and documents suggesting that Pope Benedict XVI, before becoming pope, personally mishandled the case of a Wisconsin priest who molested...
Election of Lesbian Bishop 'Regrettable,' Says Williams
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has called the confirmation of a second openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church "regrettable" and said it will have "important implications" for the U.S. church's role in the wider Anglican Communion. Despite...
Family Feud: Politics in a Small Church
WHEN I ARRIVED as pastor at Beech Grove United Methodist Church, the community was bitterly divided because one member was running against another to be county commissioner. The primary issue in the campaign was whether to zone Beech Grove Road, on...
German Protestant Church Issues Apology for Sexual Abuse by Clerics
The Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, the second largest Protestant Church in Germany, is the latest church body to apologize to victims of sexual abuse in their institutions. The vice-president of the church, Petra Bosse-Huber, said on March...
Martyrs in the Family
What has Seoul to do with Kampala? In the 1980s, the term "Global South" gained currency as a means of describing those parts of the planet outside the advanced regions of Europe, North America and Japan. Various writers, including myself, noted the...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, April 25 Acts 9:36-43 THE MARK OF A GOOD wonder-worker is his similarity to wonder-workers of the past. Though Jesus exceeded Moses in teaching authority, his miraculous acts are patterned after his prophetic forebears Elijah and Elisha....
Reversals: How My Mind Has Changed
SO FAR AS I can recall, most changes of my theological mind have not been changes from an established view to a contrary, but rather the result of encounter with a question or concern that had not before gripped me. I will devote the first part of...
Room for Refugees? A Johannesburg Church Opens Its Doors
IN THE MOVIE District 9, an alien spaceship stalls in the skies above Johannesburg. After three months with no communication, South Africans decide to board the ship, only to find a million aliens who need rescuing. They move them to District 9, an...
Sister Moon: Family Time with St. Francis
IT'S OFFICIAL: our entire household is obsessed with outer space. Our children have a solar system hanging over their beds, our upstairs hallway is graced by images of the Milky Way, and when nighttime falls, glow-in-the-dark planets sing an eventide...
Storyteller: Nashville Artist David Olney
FOR OVER so years singer-songwriter David Olney has been a fixture in the Nashville music scene. His songs grow out of the storytelling branch of American roots music and include some of a spiritual nature, such as "Jerusalem Tomorrow." His compositions...
Study Says Religion Blogs Offer Cross-Fertilization
Blogs are a growing but still relatively underutilized influence on today's religious discourse, according to a study of the religious blogosphere by the Social Science Research Council. "Blogs have given occasion to a whole new set of conversations...
The Book of Eli
The Book of Eli Directed by Albert and Allen Hughes Starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Jennifer Beals and Mila Kunis As soon as you hear the title, you can probably guess what kind of film The Book of Eli is going to be. Yes, it is the...
Treasure Box
WHEN I WAS A CHILD I knew all the dips in the asphalt in my neighborhood, all the places where, if I pedaled really fast, I could for one blissful moment--down, up!--feel as if I were flying. I remember riding my bike one bright fall day to meet...
Work Ethic
I READ The Catcher in the Rye when I was in college. J. D. Salinger's book, published in 1951, has sold more than 65 million copies and still sells 250,000 a year. Catcher became required reading for a whole generation. The antihero of the book, Holden...

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