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 twenty-five years, under the leadership of, first, Robert Snyder and, then, Paul Contino and Maire Mullins, it has won awards for its scholarly excellence. In the summer of 2015, Mark Eaton began his first term as edtior. 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

The editors assign book reviews by invitation, although suggestions for books to review and self-nominations to write a book review are welcome at

Poetry submission are accepted in hard copy form only.

For detailed instructions on essay and poetry submissions, please consult C&L's complete Submission Guidelines for detailed instructions:


Christianity and Literature 65.1 (December 2015) will feature 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 will include book reviews.


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