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.


CCL at MLA 2015 | Vancouver

Friday, January 9, 2015, 12:00-2:00pm

Coast Restaurant
1054 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1A3
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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: if you have any questions.

Also at MLA 2015 | Vancouver

In the Summer of 2009, Christianity and Literature published a special issue (58.4) devoted to “Christianity and Contemporary Poetry.” Now, five years later, in our Summer 2014 issue, we focus on “Christianity and Contemporary Fiction.” (For detailed information about the upcoming issue, click here).

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 (12:00-1:15 pm).

Larry Bouchard of the University 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 of Wheaton College will speak on “The Demand of the Beautiful: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road”; and Andrew Tate from Lancaster University will discuss “Postmillennial Novels and Gospel Narratives.” Mark Eaton of Azusa Pacific University will serve as the respondent.

We hope you will be able to join us 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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Partnership with SAGE 

After a lengthy process involving research, discussion, and the consideration of competing proposals, the CCL Board voted earlier this year to enter into a partnership with SAGE Publications for the production, distribution, and electronic archiving of our flagship journal, Christianity and Literature. Under this agreement, editorial control of the journal will remain entirely with the editors and the board of CCL.

By teaming up with SAGE, we seek to bring the journal into the global arena of scholarly research and exchange. In addition, for the first time, a CCL membership will provide not only a print subscription to Christianity and Literature but also electronic access to more than six decades of journal issues dating back to 1950.

The official announcement of the new partnership came in a press release from SAGE on September 18, 2014:

SAGE and The Conference on Christianity and Literature today announced a new agreement to publish Christianity and Literature from December 2014.  

Christianity and Literature, edited by Paul Contino and Maire Mullins, is an award winning peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to the academic exploration of how literature engages Christian thought, experience and practice. The journal presupposes no particular theological orientation but respects an orthodox understanding of Christianity as a historically defined faith. The journal accepts submissions taking a critical approach in addressing significant issues of literary history, interpretation, and theory.

Speaking of the new partnership, Karen Phillips, Editorial Director at SAGE commented: “We are growing a strong portfolio in Theology and Biblical studies, and to have been selected by The Conference on Christianity and Literature to publish their prestigious journal is a credit to the strengths SAGE has developed working closely with academics within this field. Christianity and Literature publishes authoritative, high quality material to guide, support and inform the academic community. In an increasingly competitive journals environment, we will ensure the Journal continues to build its readership, exposure and impact.”

President of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Roger Lundin further commented: “The Conference on Christianity and Literature and the editors of Christianity and Literature are pleased to join in a partnership with SAGE to expand the breadth and extend the reach of the journal. The team at SAGE has a well-deserved reputation for promoting scholarship of the highest order. In our work with them, we will build on Christianity and Literature’s established strengths even as we seek to secure an international audience for the journal.”

The first SAGE issue will publish in December 2014. The new website will be


CCL Fellowships

We are pleased to announce the reinstitution of CCL's travel grant program to support the work of scholars and writers. For the calendar year 2015, the deadline for applications for this competitive award program is November 15, 2014. For detailed information concerning the grant program and application process, please click here


 News on upcoming regional conferences.


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. 

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