9/11 in the Century archives
We recently asked five Century contributors to reflect on the
9/11 attacks and the decade that followed; their responses are here. Century
subscribers can also read the following highlights from our coverage in the
weeks following the attacks:
- The editors respond to the attacks: "We want a word from
God. When, before our eyes, hijacked airplanes crash into buildings, and the
towers of the World Trade Center plunge to the ground snuffing out thousands of
lives, when evil suddenly and irrevocably transcends the limits of what we have
assumed is possible, we desperately seek to know what God intends for us."
- Five eyewitnesses to the
disaster: John Allen of Trinity Wall Street, Linda Bloom of the United Methodist News
Service, Stephen Paul Bouman of the ELCA, Jon Walton of First Presbyterian in New York,
and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who was in New York on
- Greg Jones describes a prayer service held that night at Duke
Divinity: "As events unfolded through the day, it became clear to our divinity
school community that we needed to [as Simone Weil puts it] 'go on wanting to
- Barbara Brown Taylor on religious dialogue and common humanity: "By
now we are all too familiar not only with the major terrorist attacks on the
World Trade towers and the Pentagon, but also with the smaller terrorist
attacks on Muslims, Sikhs and Arab-Americans in the weeks since then. . . . The
events of the past two weeks have shown that many of us are mistaken about one
another's identities--especially our religious identities--and that our
ignorance is a luxury we can no longer afford."
- Don Shriver on the attacks
and forgiveness: "We should be devoting a lot of
time and energy to coping with the complexities of forgiveness as they relate
to our immediate and long-term relation to the world of Islam. But in the midst
of this crisis, we can also talk about forgiveness prematurely."
- Miroslav Volf on evildoers: "'Doesn't calling a person "evil"
make us go after him with a vengeance, seeking to eliminate or at least
neutralize him?' my friend protests. 'It all too often does,' I agree. But it
should not. God's love is broad enough to include evildoers, the worst of
- Jean Bethke Elshtain, Glen Stassen, James Turner Johnson and Martin Cook consider terrorism and just war theory.
- Charles Kimball examines the
roots of Islamic militancy, Scott Appleby considers the terrorists' point of view and Trudy Bush
examines their timing.