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. 136, No. 4, February 13

A God Who Plays
EVERY FEW YEARS, I return like a wanderer coming home to a scene in C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Asian has just come back to life after being killed by the wicked White Witch. Although the majestic lion's resurrection foreshadows...
Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the 20th Century
Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the 20tn Century By Konrad H. Jarausch Princeton University Press, 464 pp., $35.00 When my grandfather retired, he immersed himself in two tasks: raising money for his alma mater, Caltech, and writing...
Christian Science
Knowing Creation: Perspectives from Theology, Philosophy, and Science, Vol. Edited by Andrew B. Torrance and Thomas H. McCall Zondervan, 352 pp., $39.99 paperback Christ and the Created Order: Perspectives from Theology, Philosophy, and Science,...
Classroom of the Church: Recovering the Cathedral Model of Theological Ed
UNDER THE PRESSURE of declining enrollment and diminishing budgets, many mainline Protestant seminaries have come to rethink almost every aspect of what it means to do theological education. They have opened new degree programs and developed more flexible...
Congolese Churches Defy Tyranny
Through the years, Western media have sporadically covered the affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), usually in a near-apocalyptic context of war, tyranny, disease, and disaster. American Christians are largely unaware that this country...
Government by Slogan
A border wall is a cruel symbol, reflecting some of America's worst instincts. It's also an effective symbol: it captures starkly the notion that national boundaries must be fiercely protected from outsiders. As a candidate, Donald Trump used this...
Homeowners Distressed by Greek Orthodox Church's Land Sales in Jerusalem
Six years ago, when Irene Grossman purchased her home in Talbiyeh, an upscale neighborhood in central Jerusalem, she knew that the Greek Orthodox Church owned the land. But she never dreamed that the church, the second largest landowner in the country...
In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk's Memoir
In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk's Memoir By Paul Quenon Ave Maria Press, 160 pp., $15.95 paperback I am on permanent vacation," says Paul Quenon, who then proceeds to define vacation not as an idyllic retirement lifestyle but as vacating,...
Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition: Recovering the Genius of Premodern Exegesis
Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition: Recovering the Genius of Premodern Exegesis By Craig A. Carter Baker Academic, 304 pp., $27.99 Christian polemic is a worthy endeavor. Done well, it imitates the fighting words of the prophets, saints,...
Jesus at a College Party: How I Teach Ethics in a Hookup Culture
WHEN I LANDED my first teaching position, I never imagined that Christian sexual ethics would become my favorite and most regularly offered course. Even more surprising to me, I would come to author a book about college parties and hookup culture....
Lamin Sanneh
* Lamin Sanneh, a major figure in the fields of Christian missions and world Christianity, died on January 6 after having a stroke, Yale Divinity School announced. He was 76. Born in Gambia to a family with ancient royal heritage, his scholarship...
Muslim Civil Rights Group Sues Maryland over Ban Related to Israel Boycott
The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit in January challenging Maryland governor Larry Hogan's executive order banning state agencies from contracting with businesses that boycott Israel. The "No Boycott of Israel" order aims to...
Muslim GOP Leader and Catholic Judge Encounter Suspicions of Religious Bias
SHAHID SHAFI is a trauma surgeon in Southlake, Texas, and vice chair of the Republican Party in his county. Brian Buescher is a lifelong Nebraskan who was nominated for U.S. District Court judge. In recent months both faced suspicion about their...
Muslim Slave's Narrative Offers New Window on Africans in America
The only known existing autobiography written in Arabic by an enslaved person in America is now available to the public online, thanks to the Library of Congress. It is the story of Omar ibn Said. Born in about 1770 in Senegal, he was captured at...
Poetry as a Force for Healing: Poet and Educator Jacinta White
JACINTA WHITE, a poet in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, started the Word Project as a way to help youth tell their stories through poetry. She conducts workshops designed to bridge social divisions through poetry. She has worked in jails, hospitals,...
Privileged Illusion
I was supposed to serve as moderator for a panel of self-professed conservatives at a college symposium last month. The topic was social justice. Panelists were to discuss what political strategies seem most helpful for bending the long arc of the...
Reflections on the Lectionary
March 6, Ash Wednesday Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 LITURGY DOES SOME of its best work when it makes us squirm, when it makes us ask. Is this scripture talking about me? In our congregation's Ash Wednesday liturgy, we read Matthew 6 immediately before...
Spiritual Referral: When My Psychiatrist Sent Me on Retreat
MY PSYCHIATRIST is a soft-spoken Syrian man who travels back to his homeland every few months to work on developing treatments for children traumatized by war. Sometimes I use this as a weapon against myself. Their suffering is significant and real...
Teaching Children about Racism: Fairness Is a Good Subject to Start With
CAN CHILDREN BE RACISTS? The answer depends on how we define racism. When I witness a four-year-old shouting racial slurs and taunts on a playground, I attribute his behavior to what he has heard in his home. Preschoolers, grade schoolers, and even...
Universal Yet Particular: A Christian Vision of Flourishing for All
NEARLY ALL Christian accounts of flourishing life share one important feature that has become unpalatable for many today: they claim universal validity. A Christian vision of flourishing life addresses every person and the entire world. Notwithstanding...
U.S. Groups Look to Canada to Resettle Refugees
When Ed Wethli, a Pittsburgh coffee company owner, learned of a Syrian family in Saudi Arabia facing deportation back to their war-torn homeland, he felt he had to help. He brought the couple and their two elementary-school-age boys to his home...
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