Having a subscriber-only paywall in front of most of our magazine content allows us to put the whole issue online and sell online-only subscriptions. Among other advantages, online-only subscriptions are cheaper--especially for folks who don't live in the States and would have to pay extra postage for print-magazine delivery.
This arrangement does, however, mean the articles behind the paywall generally get less traffic than the free ones. With this in mind, here's a separate top-ten list of just the paid content--i.e., the most popular articles of the year that were read online only by Century subscribers. Thanks, all of you, for supporting us. (If you don't subscribe, please consider it.)
"Missing the signs: The church and Gen Y," by Bradley N. Hill: "Most churches have the equivalent of Eat at Joe's signs, advertising
religious services so that people will stop, come in and taste what is
good. The signs are imperative; they command us to eat here and not
"Betting on a generous God," by Peter W. Marty: "Rob Bell fights every impulse in our culture to domesticate Jesus, reminding
readers that Christians do not believe in Christianity; they believe in
the Christ who wants to "draw all people" to himself."
"No common good? Moral community," by Gary Dorrien: "The common good is taking a beating. Economic inequality has accelerated
dramatically since the early 1980s, and many think nothing can be done
about it. But that verdict is a nonstarter for Christian morality."
"Double belonging: One person, two faiths," by Amy Frykholm: "Americans have become accustomed to picking and choosing among religious
traditions and practices. But some have taken religious pluralism in a
deeper and more radical direction."
"A friend in Jesus? Faith is not a personal relationship," by John Suk: "On a journey through North America, my wife and I
attended many churches. At one the pastor insisted repeatedly that "the meaning and purpose of life is to have a
personal relationship with Jesus." The claim irked me."