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THE CONFERENCE ON CHRISTIANITY AND LITERATURE is an interdisciplinary society dedicated to exploring the relationships between Christianity and literature. Organized formally in 1956, CCL is dedicated to both scholarly excellence and collegial exchange and includes hundreds of members from a variety of academic institutions and religious traditions from the United States, Canada, and more than a dozen other countries.

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SEEKING: 
CHRISTIANITY AND LITERATURE EDITOR

Christianity and Literature, a journal devoted to the scholarly exploration of how literature engages Christian thought, experience, and practice, seeks an Editor commencing with the academic year 2015-2016. The primary duties of the Editor include overseeing the publication of four issues of the journal per year. Each issue of the journal contains peer-reviewed scholarly articles, book reviews, and poetry, and the Editor works with a Book Review Editor and a Poetry Editor. For more than fifty years, Christianity and Literature has served as a primary public face of The Conference on Christianity and Literature. 

Applications for the position of Editor will be accepted until September 30, 2014. Interviews will take place at MLA in Vancouver in January 2015. Please send a letter of application and a CV either by regular mail or as email attachments (preferred) to:

Roger Lundin
President, Conference on Christianity and Literature
Wheaton College
501 College Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187
roger.lundin@wheaton.edu

 

CCL AT MLA 2015 (VANCOUVER)

Friday, January 8, 2015, 12-2 p.m.

Coast Restaurant
1054 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1A3
link to restaurant

To reserve your place at the annual Christianity and Literature luncheon, please send a check for $50.00 (made out to CCL) to:

Mark Eaton
411 Prospect Circle 
South Pasadena, CA 91030 

This year, CCL is pleased to offer a graduate student rate of $40.00.

The restaurant requires a final head count two days prior to the luncheon, so to guarantee your spot, be sure to mail your check by December 31, 2014.

Contact Mark Eaton: meaton@apu.edu if you have any questions.

 
Also in Vancouver:

Five years ago, in our Summer 2009 issue (58.4) Christianity and Literature published a special issue devoted to “Christianity and Contemporary Poetry.” Now, five years later, in our Summer 2014 issue, we focus on “Christianity and Contemporary Fiction.”

The genesis of this special issue can be be found Paul Elie’s provocative essay, “Has Fiction Lost Its Faith,” published in the December 19, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Elie’s piece inspired numerous responses, and the essays in this volume first took form as a panel at the 2013 American Academy of Religion Conference focused upon responses to Paul Elie’s essay. Each presenter on that AAR panel raised objections to or offered qualifications of Paul’s essay. Stephanie Paulsell (Harvard Divinity School), presented a beautifully integrative response to the essays (not, alas, included here), and an animated discussion followed.

The essays were revised and, at my invitation, submitted to Christianity and Literature. I invited Paul Elie to read revised essays, and he has generously agreed to respond to them. I the Summer 2014 issue of the journal you will find: The titles of each essay appears below:

“Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used to Be: Paul Elie’s Lament, Faith, and Fiction,” Richard Rosengarten, U of Chicago Divinity School

“Belief, Revelation, and Trust: Faith and the Mind’s Margins, in Ian McEwan’s Saturday and Paul Harding’s Tinkers,” Larry Bouchard, U of Virginia

“’There is no god and we are his prophets’: Cormac McCarthy and Christian Faith,” Matthew Potts, Harvard Divinity School

“Interrogating A Mercy: Faith, Fiction, and the Post-Secular'” Mara Willard, Harvard Divinity School

“Gleams of Life Everlasting in Alice McDermott’s Someone” Paul J. Contino, Pepperdine University

“Response,” Paul Elie (Georgetown U)

In an effort to develop this conversation further, CCL will sponsor a session at MLA convention in Vancouver. Titled “Faith and Twenty-first Century Fiction,”  it will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 (12 - 1:15 pm).

Professor Larry Bouchard (U of Virginia) will present “What Counts as Faith in Fiction? Believing in Propositions or Caring for the Good in Yann Martel and Ian McEwan”; Christina Bieber Lake (Wheaton) will present “the Demand of the Beautiful: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road”; and Andrew Tate (Lancaster U) will present “Postmillennial Novels and Gospel Narratives.” Mark Eaton (Azusa Pacific U) will serve as respondent.

We hope you will be able to attend this for this session and take part in a conversation that continues to flourish.

  – Paul J. Contino Co-Editor, Christianity and Literature

 

CCL AT MLA 2014 (CHICAGO)

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Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature brings together a collection of poets who merge faith, literature, and art as a form of worship and inspiration.
The editor of the volume, Jill Baumgaertner, is an accomplished poet in her own right and served with distinction as the President of the Conference on Christianity and Literature from 1999-2003. She was commissioned by CCL to edit an anthology of the best poems published in the journal Christianity and Literature over the past sixty years. The work that resulted from her efforts, Imago Dei, gathers in a single volume poetry that exemplifies the richness, power, and paradox both of the English language and the Christian faith. These poems find beauty in the concrete and particular, but they also pose the large questions: Why do we exist? Who is God? Where do we find God? What does the Incarnation mean? When does God speak to us, and why is God silent?

All of the poets in this collection wrestle with what Imago Dei means for them as readers, writers, artists, teachers, and students. Please click on the link to see and hear what such superb poets as Wendell Berry, Dana Gioia, and Luci Shaw make of this question. 
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