From the Editors

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The Century's take on the issues of the day

A new study finds that Americans say they attend religious services more than they actually do. Is this bad news for churches?
May 26, 2014
Legislative action may be slow, but a new consensus is emerging: massive incarceration is unsustainable, both morally and financially.
May 14, 2014
On the international scene, Rwanda has become a synonym for doing nothing in the face of genocide. After 20 years, what's changed?
April 28, 2014
Eroding campaign finance rules gives wealthy donors more power. It may also generate cynicism and political disengagement.
April 14, 2014
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.
March 31, 2014
The best outcome of the tensions in Ukraine would allow the country to develop its unique role as a bridge between languages and cultures.
March 17, 2014
Washington is finally talking about increasing the minimum wage. Such a move comes with costs, but the benefits are far greater.
March 3, 2014
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.
February 28, 2014
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.
February 13, 2014
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.
January 20, 2014
Ministry is an undertaking of the entire church. Ministers flourish when they share their experience and reflect on it with others.
January 15, 2014
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?
December 23, 2013
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.
December 9, 2013
Food stamps are efficient, effective and good for the economy. So should we cut them a lot, or just a little?
November 12, 2013