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. 132, No. 20, September 30

Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of Our Soldiers
Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of Our Soldiers By Nancy Sherman Oxford University Press, 256 pp., $24.95 We are a part of the homecoming--we are implicated in their wars," writes Nancy Sherman, one of the leading voices in the emerging...
Amelia Boynton Robinson
Amelia Boynton Robinson, one of the organizers of the first march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, died August 26 in Montgomery. She was 104. Selma became a flashpoint in the civil rights movement in large part because of Boynton Robinson's efforts...
A Time for Change
THERE IS A TIME for everything, the preacher in Ecclesiastes observed. It is now time for new leadership at the Christian Century. I have told the Century's board of trustees of my intention to retire as editor/publisher as of December 31. I've...
Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me By Ta-Nehisi Coates Spiegel & Grau, 176 pp., $24.00 To talk about Ta-Nehisi Coates's social gospel may seem absurd. One, Coates is an unabashed atheist. Two, his alleged pessimism regarding America's ability to...
Building Relationships across Racial Lines
A low hum sweeps across the sanctuary, drifting above the bowed heads of huddled prayer groups, beyond the joined hands of black and white worshipers. Whispers carry words such as harmony, unity, forgiveness, and peace. Outside, a police car idles...
China's Gospel Valley: Churches Thrive among the Lisu People
PASTOR JESSE'S mud-plastered Mitsubishi SUV jolted wildly along the newly dug dirt road that zigzagged up the mountainside toward the construction site of the new church. We stopped to let a pedestrian squeeze by, a middle-aged Lisu woman with a pink,...
Faith-Based Campaign Advocates for Open, Fair Internet Rules
Interfaith leaders have long rallied for racial and economic justice. Now the Faithful Internet campaign is calling on America's religious communities to fight just as hard for net neutrality. "None of our social justice work would be possible without...
How to Read the Bible
How to Read the Bible By Harvey Cox HarperOne, 272 pp., $26.99 Harvey Cox, professor of divinity at Harvard Divinity School and a well-traveled interpreter of things secular and spiritual, provides a word of guidance to those who wish to find...
Israeli Settler Vigilantes See Attacks as Route to Jewish Theocracy
Clinging to a barren hillside, the Baladim outpost was little more than a solitary trailer, a farming tractor, a makeshift tent for shade, and a flock of goats. But Israeli security authorities say Baladim and other hilltop outposts served as a...
Israel's Dreams and Nightmares: Author Yossi Klein Halevi
AN ISRAELI JOURNALIST, born in Brooklyn, Yossi Klein Halevi is senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, a research and educational center in Jerusalem. He is co-director, with Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, of the institute's Muslim Leadership...
Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter, 90, returned to his hometown of Plains, Georgia, after a recent diagnosis that cancer had spread to his brain. His return sparked a pilgrimage of nearly 1,000 people to Carter's regular Sunday school class at Maranatha Baptist Church....
Liberia Debates Amendment Declaring Country to Be a Christian Nation
Christian leaders in Liberia--including the nation's president, who is a United Methodist--are speaking against a proposal to amend the nation's constitution to declare Liberia a Christian state. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the efforts...
Loving the Refugee
When thousands of refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East risked their lives to make it to Hungary, fleeing war in their homelands, the country's prime minister declared that he needed to secure his nation's borders so as "to keep Europe...
Reflections on the Lectionary
October 4, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Psalm 8 CHRISTIANS HAVE long tried to find convincing answers to the questions raised by the persistence of evil in the world. We inherited the questions--and some answers--in the form of writings such...
Screen Time
I've been screening churches in my new city of Vancouver, and I guess you could say they've been "screening" me. Almost every church I've visited uses a screen in its sanctuary during worship. In the 1980s or '90s this might have been a signal that...
Southern Baptist Missions to Lay off Up to 800 People
The Southern Baptist Convention will cut as many as 800 employees from its overseas missions agency to make up for significant shortfalls in revenue, officials announced August 27. The International Mission Board anticipates an annual budget shortfall...
Square in Rome Named after Martin Luther
The Vatican has given its backing to naming a central Rome square after Martin Luther. Luther, a German Catholic priest and theologian before he was excommunicated by Pope Leo X in 1521, denounced the corruption he saw among clergy in Rome. Around...
The Adventist Adaptation
In recent years, some Christian denominations have discovered that their membership rolls are growing mightily in the Global South. Often those growing Christian communities are quite conservative on issues of gender and sexuality. We are now seeing...
The Mosque Next Door: Getting to Know Our Muslim Neighbors
LAST SPRING our church paid a call on our neighbors at Masjid al-Jumu'ah, the new mosque in town. We live in Bolingbrook, a fast-growing suburb of 73,000 residents 30 miles southwest of Chicago. To the surprise of many of my city friends, a fifth of...
United in Suffering: Martyrdom as Christian Vocation
The peace of God, it is no peace, But strife closed in the sod, Yet, brothers, pray for but one thing- The marvelous peace of God. (William Alexander Percy, 1924) IN OUR DOCTORAL SEMINAR we were discussing theories of mission. Our...
What Google Doesn't Know: Lessons from the Ashley Madison Hack
I REMEMBER discovering, years ago, that Google's default setting is to preserve one's entire online search history. I immediately disabled the feature. I didn't want to know. I preferred the search box in the corner of my web browser to function as...
White Space, Black Lives
Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God By Kelly Brown Douglas Orbis, 256 pp., $24.00 paperback [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I received the request to review Stand Your Ground a few weeks after Freddie Gray was killed while being...
Words That Count
I LOVE THIS TIME of year, both at school and at church. It's a season of regathering and in-gathering and joyful reconnection with friends after the summer's adventures. It's also a time when our communities are enlivened by people we meet for the...
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