We recently asked five Century contributors to reflect on the
9/11 attacks and the decade that followed. Century
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weeks following the attacks.
In modern imperialism, race, colonization and Christianity have historically been so intrinsically embedded with one another that the connections between them have seemed natural, and Christian theologians have participated in the geographical and geopolitical construction of this imperialism. Willie James Jennings's book is a genealogy of their participation.
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.
When documentaries explore Christianity, they have little
difficulty finding diverse manifestations of faith and practice. A global survey also reveals a surprising diversity when it comes to the content of the Bible.
The general synod of the Church of England voted to remove all references to the devil in its baptismal liturgy. The traditional wording, which remains an option, asks parents and godparents if they “reject the devil and all rebellion against God” and whether they “renounce the deceit and corruption of evil.” The new wording implores them to “turn away from sin” and “reject evil.” The alternate wording was made out of sensitivity to the unchurched, and especially to youth who misunderstand references to the devil (Telegraph, February 13).