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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell


At Chesterton House, we subscribe to over a dozen periodicals featuring some of the best thinking on Christianity and Culture, as well as the connections between Christian faith and particular disciplines. 
  • Books & Culture: Edited by Mark Noll and Philip Yancey, this is a terrific bi-monthly Christian periodical featuring reviews and original essays by historians, sociologists, economists, and others. One of our favorites.
  • Christian Scholar's Review: In print since 1970, CSR is an interdisciplinary journal focused on the integration of faith and learning. Full text available through ProQuest.
  • Christianity and Literature: An academic journal devoted to "the scholarly exploration of how literature engages Christian thought, experience, and practice." Most articles are for specialists; book reviews are of more general interest. Contents only online.
  • Christianity Today: The flagship of evangelicalism, Christianity Today is much more middle brow than its original vision. Fairly broad topically and theologically, there is plenty of fine content.
  • Comment: Published by Cardus in Ontario and steeped in the neo-Calvinist tradition, Comment focuses on a broad range of applied issues related to work, management, labor, leadership, urban planning, etc.
  • Cornell Alumni Magazine: Like it says, it's all about Cornell. In contrast to the Cornell Chronicle, Cornell Magazine has editorial independence from the administration. Good writers and good coverage of current events as well as Cornelliana.
  • Critique: A small but good newsletter from Ransom Fellowship, Denis and Margie Hack's L'Abri-esque ministry in Minnesota. Many movie reviews. See especially Denis's Babylon series.
  • Faith & International Affairs: Featuring articles by the likes of Thomas Farr, Douglas Johnston, and Chris Seiple among many others, this is a first-rate journal exploring "faith-based diplomacy."  Published by the Institute for Global Engagement,
  • Faith and Economics: A publication of the Association of Christian Economists, Faith & Economics "aims to advance Christian ethical reflection and Christian scholarship in and about economics." Many articles available in pdf format.
  • Fides et Historia: This is a very fine academic journal with articles by Christian historians. Available in the resource room and the Cornell library. Only book reviews are online.
  • First Things: Founded by the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, First Things is "The Journal of Religion, Culture, and Public Life." Politically conservative, sometimes sarcastic, always insightful. Many articles are online.
  • Gilbert Magazine: Dale Ahlquist may be the world's most fanatic Chestertonian, and Gilbert Magazine is his creative outlet. Eclectic and eccentric as perhaps it should be, this is a great source for all things Chesterton. Great art. Great quotes. See especially Schall on Chesterton.
  • Image: Edited by Gregory Wolfe since its inception in 1989, this is an outstanding periodical that seeks to "unite faith and reason, grace and nature." Features articles on aesthetics, and a broad range of creative work--fiction, poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture, music, film, and dance. Very well done.
  • Mars Hill Audio Journal: This is a very unique and extremely high quality "audio magazine." Producer Ken Myers was once NPR's Arts and Humanities editor. His journal, which consists mostly of ten- to fifteen-minute interviews with folks who have recently published books, touches on just about every topic under the sun. Think Terry Gross gets religion. Outstanding.
  • Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith: A publication of the American Scientific Affiliation, a fellowship of Christians in science. In publication since 1949, and most of it is online--enough to keep you busy browsing for quite some time.
  • Philosophia Christi: This is a remarkable and lively publication by and for academic philosophers. This publication is both cause and consequence of the renaissance of Christian philosophy. Don't judge a journal by its website.
  • Prism: A publication of Ron Sider's Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA). ESA is a progressive evangelical organization (yes, there is such a thing) focused on justice in all its forms--racial, economic, environmental, etc. Many fine articles on the site, if you can find them.
  • Science & Christian Belief: This bi-annual publication of the British organization Christians in Science is "concerned with the interactions of science and religion, with particular reference to Christianity."
  • The Chesterton Review: Chesterton wrote well about everything. The Chesterton Review aspires to do the same, and does a very good job at it. Both thoughtful and enjoyable to read. Not much available on the website.
  • The City: A relatively recent publication out of Houston Baptist "on faith, learning, and critical issues of the age." Hard copy available for free!
  • The Hedgehog Review: Not a Christian publication, but a first-rate journal of sociology and interdisciplinary studies that successfully manages to take religion seriously. Academic but accessible to non-specialists (read: jargon-free). Highly recommended.
  • The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society published by the (conservative) Ethics and Public Policy Center since 2003. Articles on biotechnology, medical ethics, and a wide variety of essays on technology and everyday life. Suitable for non-specialists, and everything is online.