JOURNAL   Christianity & Literature is a scholarly journal devoted to the 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 religious 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.
Christianity & Literature joins Johns Hopkins University Press Journals

Christianity & Literature will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press beginning in 2020. Our new homepage at JHUP Journals is here.

The first issue published by Johns Hopkins University Press will be Christianity & Literature Volume 69, Issue 1 (March 2020), a special issue on Literature of / about the Christian Right. Guest Editor: Christopher Douglas (University of Victoria). 



Christianity & Literature is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December of each year. 

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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

Managing Editor
Katy Wright-Bushman



Christianity & Literature is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Published quarterly in March, June, September, and December, each issue contains articles, book reviews, and poems. Each submission is carefully evaluated by the editors. If the submission is deemed worthy of peer review, it is then sent to external reviewers in an anonymous, double-blind peer-review process. External reviewers are selected on the basis of their expertise in the fields or subject areas of each submission. The editors consider a submission only with the understanding that it has not been concurrently submitted elsewhere. Christianity & Literature is committed to a reasonable timeline for peer review. We expect to reach a decision on each submission within three to four months. In the case of unavoidable delays, the editors will attempt to communicate with authors.

Articles/Essay Submissions

Articles must be submitted electronically to ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online peer-review system used by Christianity & Literature.

Please submit your manuscript here or paste the following url address into your browser:

All submissions must be formatted for blind peer review and should include:
• a title page with the author’s name, email, and mailing address.
• a 100-word abstract and a list of suggested keywords to accompany the essay: 3-5 is appropriate.
• a short biographical note with information about your position, research, and publications.
• the essay, with title on first page, and page numbers on all following pages. There should be no author identification in the body of the essay.

All articles submitted for publication should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, Notes and Bibliography Style. Articles of fewer than 4,000 or more than 9,000 words, including notes and bibliography, are not ordinarily considered, unless they are commissioned for a special issue or of exceptional merit. Submissions should comply with accepted guidelines for nonsexist usage.

Information about the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, Notes and Bibliography Style, is available here.

A Chicago Style Citation Quick Guide is also available here.


Inquiries can be made to

Mark Eaton, Editor
Christianity & Literature
Department of English
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702-7000


The poetry editor looks for poems that are clear and surprising. They should have a compelling sense of voice, formal sophistication (though not necessarily rhyme and meter), and the ability to reveal the spiritual through concrete images.

Only hard copies of poetry submissions are accepted. Submissions should be sent 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 the poem or poems: name, address, and especially your email. 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.

Once accepted, you will be asked to submit your book review to ScholarOne Manuscripts here.


Book Reviews

The editors assign book reviews by invitation only. If you would like to suggest a book for review or offer to write a book review, please write to Philip Mitchell at If you are an author or publisher, please send books for review to:

Philip Mitchell, Book Review Editor
Christianity & Literature
Collins Learning Center 222
Dallas Baptist University
3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 25211

Once accepted, you will be asked to submit your book review to ScholarOne Manuscripts here.






Christianity & Literature 68.4 (September 2019)


1. Rachel B. Griffis, “’I'm a man of this time’: Categories of Sin and the Shadow of Dante in Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men

2. Taryn L. Okuma, “’Much to repent and repair’: Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour and Modern War Literature”

3. Lisa Marciano, "Our God is a God of surprises": The Mystery of God in Dante's Writings”

4. Craig A. Boyd, “Nolo Heroizari: Tolkien and Aquinas on the Humble Journey of Master Samwise”

5. Lori A. Davis Perry, “Shylock, Bassanio, and the Jacob Narrative: Jewish Love and Christian Wealth in The Merchant of Venice

6. Adam Glover, “Guillaume Grumsel and the Poetics of Eucharistic Desire”



Andrew Kaufman, “What Was Saved at Ntarama Church Memorial” and “Sainte Famille Church in Kigali, Rwanda”

Sarah Gordon, “Original Sin” and “When Van Gogh released the crows over that wheatfield”


Book Reviews

1. David V. Urban / David B. Gowler, The Parables after Jesus: Their Imaginative Receptions across Two Millennia

2. Lucas Nossaman / Carol Ball, Approaching Jonathan Edwards: The Evolution of a Persona

3. Bernadette Waterman Ward / Clyde S. Kilby, A Well of Wonder: Essays on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Inklings

4. Amy Carr / Cynthia R. Wallace, Of Women Borne: A Literary Ethics of Suffering

5. James M. Cochran / Kelly Sultzbach, Ecocriticism in the Modernist Imagination: Forster, Woolf, and Auden

6. Amanda E. Himes / Kathryn E. Davis, Liberty in Jane Austen’s Persuasion

7. Kyler Dill / Cooper Harriss, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Theology

8. Lyle Enright / Jessica Hooten Wilson, Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky and Jessica Hooten Wilson, Walker Percy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and the Search for Influence

9. Peter G. Epps / Mark W. Dennis and Darren J. N. Middleton, eds., Approaching Silence: New Perspectives on Shusaku Endo’s Classic Novel and Mark B. Williams, Endo Shusaku: A Literature of Reconciliation

10. Blake I. Campbell / Philip Ryken, The Messiah Comes to Middle Earth: Images of Christ’s Threefold Office in the Lord of the Rings



Christianity & Literature Volume 68, Issue 3 (June 2019)

Special Issue: Poetics/Praxis

Guest Editor: Kimberly Johnson

Articles and Poems

Introduction: “‘Poetics/Praxis’: Materiality and the Meaningfulness of Experience,” Kimberly Johnson

Prologue: “Topsy-turvy,” Donald M. Friedman

“The Parson’s Country House Poem,” Andrea Crow

Poem: “Conception Abbey: Nodaway Co., Mo.,” G.C. Waldrep

“The Calvinist Couplet: Ralph Erskine’s Gospel Sonnets and the Espousal Poetics in Early Evangelicalism,” Wendy Raphael Roberts

Poem: “[For god’s],” Leslie Harrison

“‘In forgetting thou rememb’rest right’: Metaphor and Mis-devotion in John Donne’s Songs and Sonnets,” Tessie Prakas

Poem: “Crossing,” Jericho Brown

“Revised Versions: Poetry as Bible Reading in Three Modern Examples," David C. Mahan

“Birds of a Feather: George Herbert’s ‘Easter-wings,’” John Poch

Poem: “Infield Contrapuntal,” Meg Day

Afterword: “Holding Brokenness: Lyric Movements to and from,” Mary Szybist


Review Essay

David Lyle Jeffrey, “A Twenty-First Century Masterpiece: Micheal O’Siadhail, The Five Quintets


Book Reviews

1. Albert Haley / Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, Still Pilgrim: Poems

2. Nathan S. Rives / Kenneth A. Briggs, The Invisible Bestseller: Searching for the Bible in America

3. Caroline Bliss / Michael Giffin, Patrick White and God

4. David C. Mahan / Richard McLauchlan, Saturday’s Silence: R.S. Thomas and Paschal Reading

5. Richard E. Brantley / Helen Boyles, Romanticism and Methodism: The Problem of Religious Enthusiasm

6. Toby Coley / Clyde S. Kilby, ed., Arts and the Christian Imagination: Essays on Art, Literature, and Aesthetics

7. Steven Knepper / Michael Martin, The Incarnation of the Poetic Word: Theological Essays on Poetry & Philosophy, Philosophical Essays on Poetry & Theology

8. Stephen Barnes / Dana Gioia, 99 Poems: New and Selected

9. Paul J. Contino / Mark Knight, ed., The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion

Christianity & Literature Volume 68, Issue 1 (December 2018)

Special Issue: Christianity and Chinese Literary Studies

Guest Editors: Sharon Kim and Chloë Starr

Sharon Kim and Chloë Starr, “Editors’ Preface: Why Chinese Theology and Literary Theory?”


1. Sharon Kim, “Introduction to Theory and Theology in Chinese Literary Studies: An Early Map”

2. Yang Huilin, “Matteo Ricci and Michel Foucault’s Readings of Epictetus:  A Quest of ‘Zhi’ (知 Knowing) and ‘Xing’ (行 Application)”

3. Ping-cheung Lo, “The Making of a Literary-Theological Mind in China: The Early Thought of Yang Huilin in Context”

4. Susan Felch, “Secular and Post-secular in China and the West: A Response to Ping-cheung Lo” 

5. Chin Kenpa, “The Image of Jesus in the writings of Zhang Shizhang (Hottinger S. C. Chang)”

6. Angelica Duran, “Chinese Christian Studies and Anglophone Literary Studies:  A Response to Chin Kenpa’s “Chinese Marxist Biblical Criticism on Jesus: A Study on W.T. Chu (朱维之)” 

7. Chloë Starr, “Shi Tiesheng and the Nature of the Human”

8. Zhang Longxi, “The Hermeneutic Circle, Textual Integrity, and the Validity of Interpretation”

9. David Jasper, “Reflections on the Maturity of Religion and Theology in Literature: A Cultural Dialogue”

David Lyle Jeffrey, “Afterword: ‘Scriptural Reasoning’ and Literary Method in China Today”



Rebecca Cantor, “The Woman at the Well”

Mary Romero Ferguson, "Prepositional Theology"

Nicholas Molbert, "Covenant with Knives"



The Conference on Christianity and Literature is pleased to announce that Alexander J.B. Hampton (University of Toronto) is the recipient of the 2018 Lionel Basney Award for his essay “Post-secular Nature and the New Nature Writing,” which was published in a special issue on "The Secular and the Literary," guest edited by Colin Jager (Rutgers University), in Christianity & Literature, Volume 67, Issue 3  (June 2018).


Book Reviews

1. Fredrik Fällman / Liu Xiaofeng, Sino-Theology and the Philosophy of History: A Collection of Essays by Liu Xiaofeng.

2. Zhang Yunyan and Wang Huiping / On the Two Transformations of Bei Cun’s Writing on Faith 

3. Naomi Thurston / Hong Liang, Life Before the Last Things: The Dostoyevsky-Reception in the Early Works of Karl Barth and Eduard Thurneysen(1915-1923)

4. Xiong Jingzhi / Zha Changping, Introduction to the Logic of the World-picture of the New Testament: The History-Logic of the New Testament, Vol. 1 

5. Shi Xiao / Wenjun Luo, On the Translation and Introduction of Western Poetry by Protestant Missionaries in Late Qing and Early Republican China

6. Yen-Yi Lee / Wang Chen-Main, ed. China and Taiwan in the Writings of Missionaries




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