The Century's take on the issues of the day
Instead of seeking the ability to deport Central American children faster, Obama should treat this situation as the refugee crisis it is.
The "war on drugs" approach to marijuana has had major costs. But the dawning era of legal marijuana presents its own set of public health problems.
Sacrifice has real moral resonance—but it can also be exploited. In Iraq, past sacrifices don't offer a guide for U.S. policy.
Readers may or may not accept Charles Hefling's reconstruction of the doctrine of original sin. But he continues the tradition of rethinking the faith in light of new knowledge, contexts, and concerns.
A new study finds that Americans say they attend religious services more than they actually do. Is this bad news for churches?
Legislative action may be slow, but a new consensus is emerging: massive incarceration is unsustainable, both morally and financially.
On the international scene, Rwanda has become a synonym for doing nothing in the face of genocide. After 20 years, what's changed?
Eroding campaign finance rules gives wealthy donors more power. It may also generate cynicism and political disengagement.
The RFRA is a good law. But it wasn’t designed to grant religious rights to businesses—or to let people impose their beliefs on others.
The best outcome of the tensions in Ukraine would allow the country to develop its unique role as a bridge between languages and cultures.
Washington is finally talking about increasing the minimum wage. Such a move comes with costs, but the benefits are far greater.
It's hard to categorize the various energies shaping new and renewed congregations. But it's clear that a new kind of church is in the making.
It would be a shame if the crisis in seminary education didn’t lead to fresh thinking about how the church calls, trains and places leaders.
Sen. Rubio would replace the EITC with wage supplements. He’s offered few details, but at least he agrees $18,000 is not enough to support a family.
Ministry is an undertaking of the entire church. Ministers flourish when they share their experience and reflect on it with others.
The budget deal was no grand bargain, but there was one grand outcome: the House Speaker stood up to the insurgent right. Is this the new normal?
As Francis sees it, the joy of the gospel is rooted in an experience of God's love in Jesus. And this gospel gets people involved in the world's messiness.
Is it constitutional?
A truly nonsectarian prayer would be so vague as to hardly constitute prayer. Besides, government can't assume the task of scrutinizing prayers.
The Century's work relies primarily on subscriptions and donations. Thank you for supporting nonprofit journalism.
Support us by buying books: