The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline

Naturally I have had a sort of personal regard for The Christian Century since that week.” A larger group of readers came to the Century by way of other periodicals. In 1926, the Century absorbed the struggling liberal magazine ...

The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline

The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline offers the first full-length, critical study of The Christian Century, widely regarded as the most influential religious magazine in America for most of the twentieth century and hailed by Time as "Protestantism's most vigorous voice." Elesha Coffman narrates the previously untold story of the magazine, exploring its chronic financial struggles, evolving editorial positions, and often fractious relations among writers, editors, and readers, as well as the central role it played in the rise of mainline Protestantism. Coffman situates this narrative within larger trends in American religion and society. Under the editorship of Charles Clayton Morrison from 1908-1947, the magazine spoke out about many of the most pressing social and political issues of the time, from child labor and women's suffrage to war, racism, and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. It published such luminaries as Jane Addams, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Martin Luther King Jr. and jostled with the Nation, the New Republic, and Commonweal, as it sought to enlarge its readership and solidify its position as the voice of liberal Protestantism. But by the 1950s, internal strife between liberals and neo-orthodox and the rising challenge of Billy Graham's evangelicalism would shatter the illusion of Protestant consensus. The coalition of highly educated, theologically and politically liberal Protestants associated with the magazine made a strong case for their own status as shepherds of the American soul but failed to attract a popular following that matched their intellectual and cultural clout. Elegantly written and persuasively argued, The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline takes readers inside one of the most important religious magazines of the modern era.

The Christian Century

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War in the Twentieth Century

Reprinted by permission from the March 23 , 1932 , issue of The Christian Century . Reinhold Niebuhr , " Must We Do Nothing ? " Copyright 1932 Christian Century Foundation . Reprinted by permission from the March 30 , 1932 , issue of ...

War in the Twentieth Century

A timely anthology by Christian ethicists and ecclesial groups who are concerned with the justice of war in the 20th century. Seeking to sharpen our moral literacy about the ethics of war, Pope Pius XII, the Niebuhrs, and U.S. Catholic and Methodist bishops address ethical issues relevant to modern warfare--obliteration bombing, selective conscientious objection, and nuclear deterrence.

Moral Discernment in the Christian Life

Review of Democracy and Dictatorship, by Zevedei Barbu. Christian Century 74 (April 17): 492. Review of Edward Bellamy: Selected Writings on Religion and Society, edited by Joseph Schiffman. Christian Century 74 (April 24): 534.

Moral Discernment in the Christian Life

James M. Gustafson has been a leading and formative figure in the field of Christian ethics over the past fifty years. His many contributions to theological ethics have helped to define and shape ethical thinking by Christians who reflect on great moral issues. Gustafson's work must be dealt with by all students in this discipline, and his perceptive insights have given clarity and guidance to the process of moral discernment. The essays collected here are ones that have had a significant impact on discussions and debates over recent decades. The Library of Theological Ethics series focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically. It presents a selection of important and otherwise unavailable texts in easily accessible form. Volumes in this series will enable sustained dialogue with predecessors though reflection on classic works in the field.

No man in alien

Gandhi Startles Geneva Hearers , in : The Christian Century , 6 Jan. 1932 , pp . 35-36 . 124. Geneva Welcomes Arms Conference , in : The Christian Century , 17 Feb. 1932 , pp . 231-232 . 125. Hope Grows at Arms Conference , in : The ...

No man in alien


The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline

" Elesha Coffman narrates the previously untold story of the magazine, exploring its chronic financial struggles, evolving editorial positions, and often fractious relations among writers, editors, and readers, as well as the central role ...

The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline

The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline offers the first full-length, critical study of The Christian Century, widely regarded as the most influential religious magazine in America for most of the twentieth century and hailed by Time as "Protestantism's most vigorous voice." Elesha Coffman narrates the previously untold story of the magazine, exploring its chronic financial struggles, evolving editorial positions, and often fractious relations among writers, editors, and readers, as well as the central role it played in the rise of mainline Protestantism. Coffman situates this narrative within larger trends in American religion and society. Under the editorship of Charles Clayton Morrison from 1908-1947, the magazine spoke out about many of the most pressing social and political issues of the time, from child labor and women's suffrage to war, racism, and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. It published such luminaries as Jane Addams, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Martin Luther King Jr. and jostled with the Nation, the New Republic, and Commonweal, as it sought to enlarge its readership and solidify its position as the voice of liberal Protestantism. But by the 1950s, internal strife between liberals and neo-orthodox and the rising challenge of Billy Graham's evangelicalism would shatter the illusion of Protestant consensus. The coalition of highly educated, theologically and politically liberal Protestants associated with the magazine made a strong case for their own status as shepherds of the American soul but failed to attract a popular following that matched their intellectual and cultural clout. Elegantly written and persuasively argued, The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline takes readers inside one of the most important religious magazines of the modern era.

So It Was True American Protestant Press and the Nazi Persecution of the Jews

Ewart Edmund Turner, "European War Not Inevitable: Berlin Correspondent Answering Questions Asked in America, Urges Taking Hitler's Peace Talk as Sincere,” The Christian Century (March 21, 1934), 401—2. ' 63. Editorial, "The Jews in ...

So It Was True  American Protestant Press and the Nazi Persecution of the Jews

How much did American Protestants know about the Nazi persecution of European Jews before and during Word War II? Very little, many of them claimed in the postwar years. Robert W. Ross challenges that answer in this analysis of the ways in which Protestant journals ranging from The Christian CenturyÓ to The Arkansas BaptistÓ reported and editorialized on the subject from 1933 through 1945.

Examining Billy Graham s Theology of Evangelism

May 15, 1957: Christian Century ran cynical expose of the success that Graham would have through the pre-arranged crowds at his crusade.135 May 27, 1957: Life Magazine ran an article on Graham.136 May 29, 1957: An editorial in Christian ...

Examining Billy Graham s Theology of Evangelism

'Examining Billy Graham's Theology of Evangelism' was written to advance an unbiased understanding of Billy Graham's theology and practice. Theological examination of Graham's sermons revealed four distinct eras in his theology and practice: -The Early-Early Graham (pre-1949) -The Early Graham (1949-1955) -The Middle Graham (1955-1965) -The Later Graham (1965-present) In each of these eras Graham portrayed a discernible and distinct approach to defining evangelism, theological nomenclature, and cooperative strategy. No literature on Billy Graham discusses, in combination, this evolution in Graham's theology and practice. You are invited to take a fresh look at the teaching and practice of this man who has touched millions of lives through the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Religious Periodicals and Publishing in Transnational Contexts

The Christian Century entered the market under a different title, and with a unique matrix of ambitions and constraints. The magazine began publication as The Christian Oracle in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1884. It was a local paper carrying ...

Religious Periodicals and Publishing in Transnational Contexts

This volume explores the interrelationship of religion and print practices, and sheds new light on the history of religious publishing in a globalizing world and its changing media consumption. Periodicals have recently become of interest to scholars in book history and religious studies, as they try to determine how magazines, journals, newsletters, and newspapers meet the diverse spiritual demands of believers conditioned by an increasingly translocal and pluralistic religious landscape in modern America and beyond. Existing publications in this field have produced new insights into the multilayered nineteenth- and twentieth-century publishing enterprises, as well as the numerous actors behind them, often crossing ethnic, gender, and national boundaries. This volume focuses instead on the socio-economic conditions, institutional organizations, action networks, and communicative environments that shape religious publishing and its medial apparatus in transnational contexts. In doing so, the authors study the material devices, business structures, and cultural networks needed for circulating words and images that nourish specific formations of religious adherence.

Days of Remembrance April 22 29 1990

“ More Refugees : War Offers No Solutions to Tragic Problems , ” The Christian Advocate ( November 2 , 1939 ) , 1052 . 54. Editorial , “ Ransoms Stimulate Kidnaping , ” The Christian Century ( January 25 , 1939 ) , 109 . 55.

Days of Remembrance  April 22 29  1990


Orthodoxy Paganism and Dissent in the Early Christian Centuries

320 The question for the historian is why , in contrast to Egypt , Syria and the Nubian kingdoms , North African ... on the sites of earlier IVth - 7th century buildings , and were now richly provided with mosaics , and sometimes ...

Orthodoxy  Paganism  and Dissent in the Early Christian Centuries

W.H.C. Frend discusses the ways in which the primitive churches succeeded in some areas like Byzantium whilst the Roman British Church struggled to hold back apostasy.

The Cross and Reaganomics

91: Daniel L. Johnson, “Electronic Fundamentalism: Supply and Demand,” Christian Century, May 28, 1980, 606: 92: Jean Caffey Lewis, “The Other Evangelicals,” Christian Century, October 29, 1980, 1027. 93: Donald W. Shriver Jr., ...

The Cross and Reaganomics

In this book, Crouse offers important insights on why Reaganomics was a major reason conservative Christians supported Reagan at the polls. They embraced and tapped into the traditional American values of individual opportunity, personal responsibility, and human freedom—all themes they believed were front and center in Reaganomics.

Catalog of Copyright Entries Third Series

THE CHRISTIAN CENTURY . The Christian century reader ; representative articles , editori . als , and poems selected from more than fifty years of the Christian century , by Harold E. Fey & Margaret Frakes . Association Press .

Catalog of Copyright Entries  Third Series

Includes Part 1, Number 1: Books and Pamphlets, Including Serials and Contributions to Periodicals (January - June)

Georgia Harkness

No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, ... by Georgia Harkness is reprinted with permission from the November 4, 1942, issue of the Christian Century.

Georgia Harkness

Georgia Harkness (1891-1974) was a Methodist theologian and the first American woman to teach theology at the seminary level. A leader in the ecumenical movement, Harkness strove to make theology accessible to the laity. This book is a compilation of writing from early in her career that appeared in publications such as The Christian Century, Religion in Life, and Christendom. Although her theology shifted somewhat during these years, Harkness held fast to her belief that liberal theology would remain "the basic American theology," a prediction that was out of step in the 1930s but is growing more credible today. The Library of Theological Ethics series focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically. It presents a selection of important and otherwise unavailable texts in easily accessible form. Volumes in this series will enable sustained dialogue with predecessors through reflection on classic works in the field.

Open Hearts Closed Doors

25 William F. Hastings to Paul Hutchinson, May 17, 1952, NCC Division of Christian Life and Mission Records, box 20, folder 20, ... The Christian Century reported in 1956, “Our foreign relations have suffered enough from this act, ...

Open Hearts  Closed Doors

A history of mainline Protestant responses to immigrants and refugees during the twentieth century Open Hearts, Closed Doors uncovers the largely overlooked role that liberal Protestants played in fostering cultural diversity in America and pushing for new immigration laws during the forty years following the passage of the restrictive Immigration Act of 1924. These efforts resulted in the complete reshaping of the US cultural and religious landscape. During this period, mainline Protestants contributed to the national debate over immigration policy and joined the charge for immigration reform, advocating for a more diverse pool of newcomers. They were successful in their efforts, and in 1965 the quota system based on race and national origin was abolished. But their activism had unintended consequences, because the liberal immigration policies they supported helped to end over three centuries of white Protestant dominance in American society. Yet, Pruitt argues, in losing their cultural supremacy, mainline Protestants were able to reassess their mission. They rolled back more strident forms of xenophobia, substantively altering the face of mainline Protestantism and laying foundations for their responses to today’s immigration debates. More than just a historical portrait, this volume is a timely reminder of the power of religious influence in political matters.

Lion in the Lobby

The New Republic (6135), p. 10. CM column, BAF, 1126135; Parris and Brooks, Blacks in the City, pp. 26-29. 9. DW interviews with JM; "Methodist Evanston Conference," The Christian Century (9/19/34), p. 164; "Methodists from New York ...

Lion in the Lobby

Clarence Mitchell, Jr. is unique in the pantheon of civil rights history. Born in Baltimore on March 18, 1911, he led the struggle in Washington for passage of the civil rights laws and promulgation of constructive national policies to protect the constitutional rights of African Americans and all other citizens suffering discrimination because of race, national origin, religion, sex, age, or sexual orientation. Lion in the Lobby chronicles Mitchell's life story and mission of getting the Congress to join the courts and the Executive Branch in upholding the Constitution in order to fulfill the NAACP's egalitarian philosophy. He worked with seven presidents, from Harry Truman to Jimmy Carter, to build a legacy of advocacy that won him the popular moniker of 101st senator and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1978. This revised edition is strengthened by a detailed account of the bitter battle within the NAACP over Mitchell's retirement. It also offers a fuller picture of Mitchell's differences with the philosophy of nonviolence.

Stewards of the Gospel

Christian Century, 24 January 2006, p. 9. King, Martin Luther, Jr. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Internet site: http:// www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html. Kluger,Jeffrey. “By Any Measure, Earth Is at . . . the ...

Stewards of the Gospel

The word stewardship comes across as stale and mildly distasteful to many in the church today as a term limited in its scope to euphemistic conversations about financial giving. Yet, as Ronald Vallet points out, when the apostle Paul refers to "stewards of the mysteries of God" (1 Cor. 4:1), he's talking about something much deeper and richer than fund-raising. In Stewards of the Gospel Vallet recovers a more adequate understanding of Christian stewardship in light of both the New Testament and the realities facing today's church as it deals with challenges to justice, to the environment, and even to faith itself. He then applies his reinvigorated concept of stewardship in practical ways to congregations, to their pastors and leaders, and to the seminaries and denominational structures that mold and support those leaders. Enhancing Vallet's broad, gospel-oriented vision of stewardship are thoughtful responses from six seasoned theological educators: Daniel Aleshire, David L. Bartlett, Bruce C. Birch, Terry Parsons, Eugene F. Roop, and L. E. "Ted" Siverns.

From East to West

Review of Reasons For Faith by John H. Gerstner , in The Christian Century , Vol . 77 , No. 42 ( October 19 , 1960 ) , pp . 1217-1218 . Review of Reasons for Faith by John H. Gerstner , in Theology and Life , Vol . 3 , No.

From East to West

This collection of essays is in honor of noted theologian Donald G. Bloesch written by former students and colleagues representing seven countries. Writing from an Asian perspective, the contributors examine the relationship between theology and culture as found in Scripture, theological thought, the life and work of the church, and in the work of Donald G. Bloesch. Topics range from biblical studies to a consideration of the current emphasis upon spirituality. Evangelism and mission are discussed in considerable detail with specific reference to the rapidly growing church in Korea. The phenomenon of post-modernism and its influence upon modern theology is evaluated.