JOURNAL   Christianity and Literature is devoted to the scholarly 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. Contributions appropriate for submission should demonstrate a keen awareness of the author's own critical assumptions in addressing significant issues of literary history, interpretation, and theory.

For more than fifty years, Christianity and Literature has served as the primary public face of the Conference on Christianity and Literature; it is a member of CELJ, the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. In the past two decades, under the leadership of, first, Robert Snyder and, now, Paul Contino and Maire Mullins, it has won awards for its scholarly excellence. Each issue of the journal contains peer-reviewed scholarly articles, book reviews, poetry, and news and announcements of interest to CCL members.  


Essay submissions are accepted electronically at, while poetry submissions should be sent in hard copy to Poetry Editor Peter Cooley. Please access C&L's complete Submission Guidelines for detailed instructions.


We eagerly await the publication of the Summer 2014 issue, which will offer a series of reflections on the relationship between Christianity and contemporary literature. In response to Paul Elie's provocative New York Times Book Review essay on this subject, contributing essayists will discuss works by Alice McDermott, Ian McEwan, Paul Harding, Cormac McCarthy, and Flannery O'Connor.

Future issues will feature outstanding scholarship and writing on the work of Chaucer, Walker Percy, David Foster Wallace, Jean Rotrou, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. And, as always, each issue will include new poetry and numerous timely book reviews.


Read excerpts from the book, Imago Dei, featuring poetry from 60 years of Christianity and Literature.