Christianity and Literature

Scholarly journal covering Christianity and literature.

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 2, Winter

Book of the Year Award
This year the CCL Book Award Committee, comprised of Ann Hostetler (Goshen College), Elizabeth Morgan (Eastern Mennonite University), and Robert Siletzky (State Department in Cairo, Egypt), read a wide variety of accomplished works ranging in genre...
By-Laws of the Conference on Christianity and Literature
[At its annual business meeting held on 29 December 2003 during the MLA Annual Convention, the CCL Board of Directors approved two minor amendments to the organization's By-Laws, which previously were published in the Winter 1996 issue of Christianity...
Communion, Community, and Our Common Book: Or, Can Faustus Be Saved?
Some of you will know that my family was in the cattle and horse business. As a teenager I was strongly inclined to continue in that same direction. One late spring day I was putting out hay to the young cattle when my father came suddenly alongside...
Flutters, Feelings, and Fancies: John Wesley's Sentimental Sermons and the Spirit of the Age
The entertainingly colorful old maid Tabitha Bramble, we learn midway through Tobias Smollett's The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker (1771), "has been praying, preaching, and catechizing among the methodists." Her perhaps feigned "manifestations and...
From the Editor
As I conclude 15 years of editorial responsibility for this journal, certain practices have become almost second nature. Among these is a synopsis, included in each winter issue, of my annual report to the Conference on Christianity and Literature's...
Lifetime Achievement Award
In the last paragraph of his fine study, People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture, David Lyle Jeffrey writes that "the purpose of the Word itself has always been transparent: to minister peace by revealing as much of the necessary...
Lionel Basney Award
Francois Mauriac once asked, unforgettably, "What if [...] God had left a living, almost blinding mark of His presence in the world: the human face?" Nathan Bracher, in his winning essay on "The Cold-War Christian Humanism of Francois Mauriac," not...
Lost but Found: The "Missing" Poems of C.S. Lewis's Spirits in Bondage
The status of the literary corpus of C. S. Lewis's prose has largely been resolved. While Walter Hooper's latest project, the collected letters, (1) will undoubtedly produce a number of heretofore unpublished letters, it is doubtful that any "new"...
"The Death of Satan (and Other Casual Reflections)"
When earlier this month Jill Baumgaertner was preparing the program for this luncheon and inquired whether I had a title for my talk, I sensed a quizzical silence at the other end of our email connection when I proposed "The Death of Satan." Too portentous...
The Shape of Things to Come: Toward an Eschatology of Literature
Elie Wiesel, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, has characterized the twentieth century as a century in desperate need of hope. What began in a spirit of optimism brought on by economic prosperity, technological advances, peace, and good will...
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