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.
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Christianity & Literature Volume 69, Issue 1 (March 2020) is a special issue on Literature of / about the Christian Right, guest edited by Christopher Douglas (University of Victoria).

Douglas also wrote piece about the special issue in Religion Dispatches titled "What Fundamentalist Christian Fiction Can Teach Us About Our American Crisis."



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Mark Eaton, Azusa Pacific University, USA

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

Book Review Editor
Philip Mitchell, Dallas Baptist University, USA

Poetry Editor
Peter Cooley, Tulane University, USA

Managing Editor
Katy Wright-Bushman

Editorial Advisory Board

Ann W. Astell, University of Notre Dame, USA

Lori Branch, University of Iowa, USA

Paul Contino, Pepperdine University, USA

John D. Cox, Hope College, USA

Christopher Douglas, University of Victoria, Canada

Lori Ann Ferrell, Claremont Graduate University, USA

Kevin Hart, University of Virginia, USA

David D. Hall, Harvard Divinity School, USA

Peter S. Hawkins, Yale University, USA

Colin Jager, Rutgers University, USA

David Lyle Jeffery, Baylor University, USA

Janet Larson, Rutgers University, Newark, USA

Julia Reinhart Lupton, University of California, Irvine, USA

Susannah Monta, University of Notre Dame, USA

Maire Mullins, Pepperdine University, USA



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.

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• 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 only. Articles of fewer than 4,000 or more than 9,000 words, including notes, 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.

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Mark Eaton, Editor
Christianity & Literature
Department of English
Azusa Pacific University
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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.


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



Christianity & Literature Volume 69, Issue 1 (March 2020)

Special Issue: Literature of / about the Christian Right

Guest Editor: Christopher Douglas, University of Victoria

Christopher Douglas, "Introduction to Literature of / about the Christian Right"


1. Ray Horton, “Is There a Context for Gilead? Reading The Handmaid’s Tale and Lila under the Christian Right”

2. Margaret D. Kamitsuka, “Prolife Christian Romance Novels: A Sign that the Abortion-as-Murder Center is Not Holding?”

3. Andrew Connolly, “Masculinity, Political Action, and Spiritual Warfare in the Fictional Ministry of Frank E. Peretti”

4. Kenneth Paradis, “Types and Tropes: History and Moral Agency in Evangelical Inspirational Fiction”

5. Andrew S. Jacobs, “’This Piece of Parchment Will Shake the World’: The Mystery of Mar Saba and the Evangelical Prototype of a Secular Fiction Genre”

6. Harold K. Bush, “Miracles & the Postsecular: Some Unscientific Thoughts on Peace Like a River and Mariette in Ecstasy

7. Susan Harding, “Secular Trouble: Regulating Reality in Non-fiction Literatures”


Marjorie Maddox, "Seeing Things"

Marjorie Maddox, "Traveling Man"

T. Dallas Saylor, “Kent Island”

T. Dallas Saylor, “Encounter”

Book Reviews

1. Amber True / Conflicts of Devotion: Liturgical Poetics in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England. By Daniel R. Gibbons. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. ISBN 0-268-10134-5 [hbk]; ISBN 9780268101367 [pdf]; ISBN 9780268101374 [epub]. Pp. ix + 331. $60.00.

2. Ryan David Furlong / Sacraments of Memory: Catholicism and Slavery in Contemporary African American Literature. By Erin Michael Salius. Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 2018. ISBN 9780813056890. Pp. vii – 234. $79.95.

3. Christine Hand Jones / The Monk’s Record Player: Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966. By Robert Hudson. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018. ISBN 978-0-8028-7520-4. Pp. vii-249. $23.99.

4. Timothy E.G. Bartel / Biblical Epics in Late Antiquity and Anglo-Saxon England: Divina in Laude Voluntas. By Patrick McBrine. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017. ISBN: 0-802-09853-3. Pp. Xii + 384. $89.00

5. Charles Andrews / Virginia Woolf and Christian Culture. By Jane de Gay. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018. ISBN 978-1-4744-1563-7. Pp. ix + 246. $105.00.

6. Luke K. William / Expectation: Philosophy, Literature. By Jean-Luc Nancy. Trans. Robert Bononno. New York: Fordham University Press, 2018. ISBN 978-0-8232-7760-5. Pp. xx + 276. $35.00.

7. Harold K. Bush / If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right. By Christopher Douglas. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2016. ISBN 1501702114. viii + 367. $39.95.

8. Jesse Russell / The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis. By Alan Jacobs. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. ISBN 978-0190864651. Pp. 256. $30.00.



Christianity & Literature Volume 68, Issue 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