JOURNAL   Christianity & 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 & 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. Published quarterly, each issue contains peer-reviewed scholarly articles, book reviews, poetry, and announcements.  

Journal Staff

Mark Eaton
Azusa Pacific University

Associate Editors
Matthew J. Smith
Caleb D. Spencer
Azusa Pacific University

Book Review Editor
Philip Mitchell
Dallas Baptist University

Poetry Editor
Peter Cooley
Tulane University


Articles should be submitted electronically at

The editors assign book reviews by invitation. For inquiries see our detailed Submission Guidelines.

  • Poetry submissions are accepted in hard copy form only. Please send all poetry submissions to:

  • Peter Cooley, Poetry Editor
    Christianity & Literature
    Tulane University
    Department of English, Norman Mayer 122
    New Orleans, LA 70118

  • Please be sure to include all relevant contact information along with poem or poems. Because of the volume of poetry received, submissions will not be acknowledged or returned unless they are accompanied by an SASE with sufficient return postage.

For detailed instructions on essay and poetry submissions, see Submission Guidelines or consult our complete guidelines at SAGE:


Christianity & Literature 65.1 (December 2015) features the following:

Ethan Smilie, “Goddes Pryvetee and a Wyf: Curiositas and the Triadic Sins in the Miller's and Reeve's Tales” 

Daniel J. Hanna, “La guirlande térésienne: A Nineteenth-century ‘Teresian Bard’ Sings the Praises of Teresa of Avila” 

Jose I. Badenes, “Until Death Do Us Part: Matrimony, Casti Connubii, and the Catholic Church in Federico García Lorca's Yerma

Marisa Pierson, “Vocation and Time in Rumer Godden's In This House of Brede

Stephen Mirachi, “The Paradox of Powerlessness in Robert Pinsky's Early Jesus Poems”

Daniel Vruels, “Pilgrimage”

Ricardo Pau-Llosa, “Papyrus Fragments”

And, as always, this issue includes book reviews.

Christianity & Literature 65.2 (March 2016) will feature the following: 

J. Russell Perkin, “Matthew Arnold, the Oxford Movement, and the stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse”

Suzanne Stewart, “Gerard Manley Hopkins: Sensuality and Spirituality in the Diaries and Journals”

Laurie Camp Hatch, “Gerard Manley Hopkins and Victorian Approaches to the Problems of Perception: Affirming the Metaphysical in the Physical”

Michael Edwards, “A Magic, Unquiet Body”

Jo-Anne Cappeluti, “W.H. Auden’s For The Time Being: Christian Dogma? Aesthetic Possibility?”

Anthony Domestico, “‘Clampitt and the Cloisters”

Sofia M. Starnes, “Another Life”

Valerie Wohfield, “Vale of Siddim”

Review Essay
Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, “Poetry, the Power of the Pen, & the Redemption of Time” 

And, as always, this issue will include book reviews.



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