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.


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.” 

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 Elie’s essay. Each presenter on that AAR panel raised objections to or offered qualifications of his argument. 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 then invited Paul Elie to read the revised essays, and he has generously agreed to respond to them. In the Summer 2014 issue of the journal you will find:

“Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used to Be: Paul Elie’s Lament, Faith, and Fiction,” Richard Rosengarten, University 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, University 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 University

   – Paul Contino, Co-editor, Christianity and Literature

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.