A Worried America

Article by Gunnar Myrdal

My entire working life has been devoted to the study of economic, social and political problems in Sweden, America and the world. In insisting, I express my Lutheran heritage — though of course the influence of other Christian churches has moved in the same direction. In fact by stressing that social sciences must be moral …

An American Protestant Perspective on World Order

Article by John B. Cobb, Jr.

Whereas European Protestantism was largely shaped by state support of particular churches and adjustment to the needs of other religious groups, American Protestantism was largely shaped by autonomous churches. These held the state at arms length, demanding freedom to order their own affairs. Needless to say, the history on both sides of the Atlantic was …

Apocalypse Now?

Article by Walter Wink

For those trapped in the Twin Towers or the Pentagon, that fiery hell must have seemed apocalyptic. In the fleeting moments before they leaped from windows or were crushed under melting I-beams, what passed through their minds? For those who watched in horror, on the streets or on television in their homes and offices, it …

Becoming Church

Article by Jason Byassee

For many years Stanley Hauerwas has been attempting to return the church to the center of Christian theological and ethical reflection. He argues that "liberal" and "conservative" voices in the church tend to mimic the groups that share those labels in the wider political culture. He also maintains that on ethical issues Christians have too …

Church and State in China

Article by K.K. Yeo

In antiquity China acquired a beautiful name, Shen-zhou, which literally means "state of God." Unfortunately, the title probably was used as a political term meaning that God had given the elite the divine right to rule rather than that Yahweh claimed China as the chosen land and the Chinese as a chosen people. From its …

Dare to Discipline?

Article by Jason Byassee

  "Is there anything laypeople can do to get themselves kicked out of the United Methodist Church?" My question stumped the speaker, expert on Methodist church law though he was. He had just delivered a detailed list of offenses that could get Methodist ministers cast into outer darkness. Wanting to democratize the misery a bit, …

Global Faith

Article by Dale T. Irvin

Book Review: Whose Religion Is Christianity? The Gospel Beyond the West. By Lamin Sanneb. Eerdmans, 130 pp., $12.00 paperback. Enlarging the Story: Perspectives on Writing World Christian History. Edited by Wilbert R. Shenk. Orbis, 123 pp., $16.00 paperback. Five hundred years ago Christianity was little more than the regional religion of the patchwork of societies …