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. 119, No. 1, January 2

Caught in the Middle. (A Moderate among United Methodists)
IT IS NOT EASY to be a moderate in the United Methodist Church today. On the right are the conservatives, exemplified by Good News magazine, who want Methodists to conform to their pinched vision of orthodoxy. On the left are the liberals, exemplified...
Christ and Darwin: A PBS Series and a New York Review of Books Essayist Fail to Take Seriously the Work of Leading Figures in the Field of Religion and Science. (Back to the Evolution Wars?)
EVOLUTION CONTINUES to be a hot topic in the U.S. and commentators invariably see it as a subject at odds with religious belief. Consider, for example, the recent seven-part series on PBS titled Evolution, which covered a broad range of topics from...
Cornel West: Professor Turned Rapper
In his trademark glasses, three-piece suits and French cuff links, Harvard philosophy professor Cornel West doesn't exactly fit the baggy-pants-wearing image of a rap musician. But that hasn't stopped this best-selling author and nationally touring...
Dean Quits Seminary Post amid Controversy
R. William Franklin resigned as dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, effective New Year's Day, to take a new position in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. But he left New Haven, Connecticut, dogged by allegations in a newspaper story that said...
Disciple Magazine Folds as Circulation Slides
Faced with declining subscriptions despite a spiffy redesign, the magazine of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will end publication early this year, denomination officials announced shortly before Christmas. The Disciple expected to finish...
Episcopal Priestesses. (Remembering the Philadelphia Eleven)
FOR MANY YEARS, Suzanne Hiatt taught a course on "Death and Dying" to seminarians. When she got sick last year, she got to see how the actual experience compared to her class notes. "What I never thought of was how clergy behaved on a hospital visit....
Episcopal Priest Indicted in Maryland Dispute
A conservative Episcopal priest whose dismissal from a Maryland pulpit was upheld by a civil court will stand trial in church court for preaching in the Washington diocese without the permission of the local bishop. Samuel Edwards, the disputed rector...
Forgive Our Debts, Not Our Debtors, Polls Says
A study on forgiveness has found that almost 75 percent of those surveyed believe they've been forgiven by God for past mistakes and wrong-doing, but only 52 percent say they have forgiven others. The University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research...
Fortnightly. (M.E.M.O.)
THE NEW YEAR brings a change to this magazine. This sometimes weekly, sometimes biweekly herewith firmly becomes a biweekly. It's a good move. It will save postage and, since our intention is to have as many pages as before, there's no loss in value....
Grand Introductions. (Living by the World)
Sunday, January 20 Isaiah 49:1- 7; John 1:29-42 WHEN MEMBERS OF my family introduce someone, they always give that person an automatic promotion. If she's a doctor, they will exaggerate, introducing her as a brilliant surgeon. A teacher's aide becomes...
In Violent Times. (Poetry Reading)
ART CAN BRING together those parts of us which exist in dread and those which have the surviving sense of a possible happiness, collectivity, community, a loss of isolation," wrote the American poet Adrienne Rich. Her insight helps me see why I've...
Israeli Voices. (Impressions)
EPISODE TWO of the war on terror, the highly successful American media miniseries, has already begun. And it is not set in Iraq. That episode could come later in the series, and, if the hard-liners in the Bush administration have their way, there will...
Life and Liberty. (Letters)
COUNT ME among those you call "tyrants" (Life and liberty," Dec. 10), for I applaud President Bush's military order regarding the detention, treatment and trial of certain noncitizens in the war on terrorism. Military commissions are one necessary...
Mundane Excellence. (Faith Matters)
THE MAJOR DIFFERENCE between swimmers who win Olympic medals and those who don't is not talent, but the care and consistency with which Olympic swimmers engage in the mundane activities that prepare them for competition. This is the conclusion of sociologist...
Muslims, Jews Praise Arrest of Bomb Suspects
Leaders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and of Jewish groups have applauded the arrest of two members of the Jewish Defense League on charges of conspiracy in a foiled plot to bomb a Los Angeles--area mosque and an Arab-American congressman's...
New York Cathedral Suffers Fire Damage
Just a week after a potentially devastating fire destroyed a section of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the famed Episcopal church opened its doors for Christmas services and celebrated the successful efforts to save the century-old structure....
Ready for Revolution. (Living by the World)
Sunday, January 13 Matthew 3:13-17 I HAVE A FRIEND who creatively blends his ethnic and religious heritage. He is a black man with an Afrocentric consciousness and also a committed Christian. His Afrocentric commitment does not nullify his belief...
Reporter Urges Church to Be Frank in Islam Dialogue
Churches in dialogue with Islam should not be so quick to blame themselves for the rise of extremist Muslim groups and should say frankly that Islam as a whole has yet to reach a major self-critical era in its history, according to a prizewinning Dutch...
Saving Churches for Community Service. (News)
THEY OFTEN ARE architectural treasures in urban settings, yet they are faded in appearance and internally groaning from leaky roofs, bowing windows and cracked walls. Despite their aching innards, such houses of worship typically serve communities...
The Cost of Deregulation
I BELIEVE IN GOD and I believe in free markets," Kenneth Lay told a religion editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune early last year. Not surprisingly, Lay's devotion to deregulated markets became an article of faith for Enron, the Houston-based energy...
Tolkien the Movie. (Arts)
THE FIRST OF THREE annual film installments of J. R. R. Tolkien's 1,500-page epic The Lord of the Rings, directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson, has many fine qualities. The New Zealand scenery evokes the fantastically real world of Tolkien's Middle-earth,...
Welcome to 2002. (from the Editor/publisher)
SINCE BECOMING editor/publisher of this journal almost three years ago, I have been paying a lot more attention than I ever did before to the mechanics and logistics of magazine publishing. Whereas I once looked on the re-design of Time--with all those...
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