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.
Sample issue of Christianity & Literature available on Project MUSE

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). It is available without a subscription on Project MUSE for a limited time here.

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

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A searchable database of the journal from Volume 59 (2009) to the current issue is available on Project MUSE here.

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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.

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 only. By Notes only, we mean that you should include endnotes with full bibliographic information, but you do not also need to include a bibliography in addition to endnotes.

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.

Information about the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, Notes only, 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.


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



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



Christianity & Literature Volume 70, Issue 3 (September 2021)

Special Issue: The Future of Christianity and Literature in Higher Education

Matthew J. Smith, “Introduction: The Future of Christianity and Literature in Higher Education”


Part 1. Scholars at Confessional Institutions

  1. Karen Lee, Wheaton College

“Poetry as Vocation in a Season of Crisis: The Future of Literary Studies in Christian Higher Education”

  1. Jason Crawford, Union University

“Sabbath Reading”

  1. Chris Noble, Azusa Pacific University

“Virtue in the Virtual”

  1. Ralph C. Wood, Baylor University

“A World Grown Strange: A Summons to Teachers of Literature”

  1. Mischa Willett, Seattle Pacific University

“’Some Work of Noble Note’: Changes and Chances in Literary Pedagogy”

  1. Karen Swallow Prior, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Love Language: Toward a Re-Ordering”

  1. Jessica Hooten Wilson, University of Dallas
    “Three Steps to Rebrand ‘English’ as Christianity, Literature & Writing Departments”
  2. Joshua Hren, University of Saint Thomas, Houston

“’Living on the Fat of the Faith’: On Founding an MFA at the University of Saint Thomas”

Part 2. Scholars at Non-Confessional Institutions

  1. David Aers and Thomas Pfau, Duke University

“Exploring Christian Literature in the Contemporary and Secular University”

  1. Patrick Gray, University of Durham
    “Civilization for Know-Nothings: Liberal Arts After the Fall of Liberalism”
  2. Thomas F. Haddox, University of Tennessee Knoxville

“’At the Present Time’: Christian Literary Scholars in the Last Days of Liberalism”

  1. Claudia Stokes, Trinity University, San Antonio

“Exegesis in the Age of Extremism”

  1. Jaime Goodrich, Wayne State University

“Milton in the Age of the ‘Nones’: Decentering Christianity in Paradise Lost

  1. Christopher Hodgkins, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

“The Imagination of Their Hearts: The Coming Apocalypse in Literary Studies”

  1. Leslie Wingard, University of Wooster
    “Teaching African American Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture at Three Liberal Arts Colleges”


Josiah A.R. Cox, "After Emmaus”

Jack Stuart, “The Local Saint”

Book Reviews

  1. Jesse Russell, Georgia Southwestern State University

Spenser’s Heavenly Elizabeth: Providential History in The Faerie Queene. By Donald Stump. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. Pp. 337. $89.99.

  1. Octavian Gabor, Methodist College

Dostoevsky’s Incarnational Realism: Finding Christ among the Karamazovs. By Paul J. Contino. Eugene: Cascade Books, 2020. ISBN 978-1-7252-5074-1. Pp. xii + 322. $30.00.

  1. Landon B. Loftin, independent scholar

After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man. By Michael Ward. Park Ridge: Word on Fire Academic, 2021. ISBN 978-1-943243-77-8. Pp. 253. $24.95.

  1. M. Moore, The Fellowship of Ailbe, Williston, VT

The Colosseum Critical Introduction to Dana Gioia. By Matthew Brennan. Steubenville: Franciscan University Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-7339-8895-7. Pp. ix +107. $12.00.

Conversations with Dana Gioia. By John Zheng, ed. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2021. ISBN 978-1-4968-3204-7. Pp. xxviii + 251. $25.00.

  1. Sara Judy, University of Notre Dame

Prophecy in a Secular Age: An Introduction. Edited by David True. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2021. ISBN 978-1-5326-6925-5. Pp. vii + 138. $36.00.



Christianity & Literature Volume 70, Issue 2 (June 2020) 


  1. Maria Hoffman Lunderberg, Hope College

Protesting against Those Who Have ‘Risen up against Princes’: How Political Concerns Alter John Donne’s Usually Ecumenical Voice

  1. Thomas Docherty, independent scholar

“Re-membering the Body: Transferred Anamnesis in John Bunyan’s "Grace Abounding"

  1. Benjamin D. Crace, American University of Kuwait

T.S. Eliot as a Pentecostal Playwright: Towards a Pneumatic Poetic

  1. Mark S.M. Scott, Thorneloe University at Laurentian University

Faith and Doubt in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead: Beyond Spiritual Dichotomies 


Bonnie Thurston, "Gallery Visit: A Diptych” 

Book Reviews

  1. Mark Brians II, All Saints Honolulu

Utopian and Dystopian Themes in Tolkien’s Legendarium. By Mark Doyle. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2020. ISBN 978-1-4985-9867-5. Pp. vii, 195. $90.00.

  1. Esther T. Hu, Boston University

Anglican Women Novelists: From Charlotte Brontë to P. D. James. Edited by Judith Maltby & Alison Shell. Afterword by Francis Spufford. New York and London: T&T Clark, 2019. ISBN 978-0-56-7686763. Pp. xvii. + 274. Paperback £27.99; $37.95.

Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith. By Emma Mason. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. ISBN 978-0-19-872369-1. Pp. xvi. + 212. £31.99; $41.95.

  1. Sarah O’Dell, University of California, Irvine

Chronometres: Devotional Literature, Duration, and Victorian Reading. By Krista Lysack. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. ISBN 9780198836162. Pp. Vi + 229. $70.00. 

  1. Míċeál Vaughan, University of Washington

Piers Plowman and the Reinvention of Church Law in the Later Middle Ages. By Arvind Thomas. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-4875-0246-1. Pp. xiv + 267. $77.00.

  1. Farrell O’Gorman, Belmont Abbey College

Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O’Connor. By Angela Alaimo O’Donnell. New York: Fordham University Press, 2020. ISBN 9780823288243 (hardback). Pp. 192. $105.00. ISBN 9780823287659 (paperback). Pp. 192. $30.00. 

  1. Amanda Himes, John Brown University

Choosing Community: Action, Faith, and Joy in the Works of Dorothy L. Sayers. By Christine A. Colón. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press Academic, 2019. ISBN: 978-0-8308-5374-8. Pp. xix. + 127. $16.00.

  1. Rachel B. Griffis, Sterling University

Regret: A Theology. By Paul J. Griffiths. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2021. ISBN 978-0-268-20026-8. Pp. xvi + 140. $30.00.