Touchstone is a Christian journal, conservative in doctrine and eclectic in content, with editors and readers from each of the three great divisions of Christendom —Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox.
The mission of the journal and its publisher, The Fellowship of St. James, is to provide a place where Christians of various backgrounds can speak with one another on the basis of shared belief in the fundamental doctrines of the faith as revealed in Holy Scripture and summarized in the ancient creeds of the Church.
TOUCHSTONE: EDITORS & STAFF
Dr. Allan C. Carlson is a visiting professor of history at Hillsdale College in Michigan. He earned his PhD. in Modern European History from Ohio University. He is the President and founder of the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society in Rockford IL, where he also serves as editor of The Family in America.
In conjunction with his work at the Howard Center, Dr. Carlson has written extensively on issues of family and society. Among his most recent publications are: Godly Seed: American Evangelicals Confront Birth Control 1873-1973 (Transaction Publishers); Conjugal America: On the Public Purpose of Marriage (Transaction Publishers); and Third Ways: How Bulgarian Greens, Swedish Housewives, and Beer Swelling Englishmen Created Family-Centered Economies - And Why They Disappeared (ISI). His work is also widely published, both in the states and abroad, in such avenues as The Washington Post, the New Oxford Review, The Intercollegiate Review; The University Bookman, Marknads Ekonomisk Tidskrift, Communio, The Chesterton Review; Caelum et Terra, and The Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Anthony Esolen is a professor English at Providence College in Rhode Island, where he teaches Renaissance English Literature and Development of Western Civilization. He holds his M.A. and PhD. in literature from the University of North Carolina. Previously he has taught at UNC and Furman University. Dr. Esolen's recent publications include: Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child (ISI Press), The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Regnery Press) and Ironies of Faith (ISI Press) ; and his newest work, The Story of Jesus in the Christian Life (Sophia Press), is expected in the fall of 2012. He is a regular contributor to The Claremont Review, First Things, Touchstone, Catholic World Report, Magnificat, This Rock, and Latin Mass. He is also the commentator on the new English translation for the Roman Missal Companion, The Beauty of the Word, which is published by Magnificat.
Dr. Esolen has dedicated much of his career to a study of the classics. He has translated Dante's Divine Comedy (Random House), Lucretius' On the Nature of Things (John Hopkins University Press), and Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered (John Hopkins University Press).
He and his family spend summers in Nova Scotia.
Dr. Robert P. George lectures on constitutional law, civil liberties, and philosophy of law at Princeton University, where he is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence. George also serves as the director of Princeton's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. A native of West Virginia, George holds his JD and MTS from Harvard's Law and Divinity Schools and his DPhil from Oxford University, where he studied under John Finnis.
In November of 2009, George helped draft the Manhattan Declaration, a document that seeks to articulate a Christian voice in the public sphere. The Declaration urges the church to defend marriage and family and religious freedom. Recently in 2012. Dr. George was appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. In the past, he has served as a member of the President's Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Dr. James Hitchcock is professor of history at St. Louis University, his alma mater. He holds degrees (MA, PhD) from Princeton University. Dr. Hitchcock writes and lectures frequently on Church issues. He is a founding board member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, a senior editor of Touchstone magazine, and associate editor of Human Life International.
Dr. Hitchcock's books include, among others, What is Secular Humanism?; Years of Crisis: Collected Essays, 1970-1983; Recovery of the Sacred; and the two-volume work, The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life (Princeton, 2004). His History of the Catholic Church (Ignatius Press) will appear in the fall of 2012.
He is married to Helen Hull Hitchcock (editor of Adoremus Bulletin and president of Women for Faith & Famiily). The Hitchcocks live in St. Louis, and are parents of four adult daughters.
Dr. S. M. Hutchens was born in Ann Arbor in 1952, receiving his education through college in southeastern Michigan. Early interest in church controversies arising from his upbringing in fundamentalist and Evangelical churches led to study at eight graduate schools of religion, liberal and conservative, Protestant and Catholic, and four degrees in divinity and theology, terminating in a dissertation supervised by Carl E. Braaten. Difficulty accepting any single church body on its own terms, reciprocated by difficulty of such church bodies to accept Dr. Hutchens on his, led to a quick library degree and purgatorial labors as a part-time reference librarian in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Touchstone made him a senior editor in its early days, before it fully understood how much better it could do, and he hasn't gone away yet.
Dr. Russell D. Moore is Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice-President for Academic Administration at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics. He is the author of books such as The Kingdom of Christ (Crossway), Adopted for Life (Crossway), and Tempted and Tried (Crossway). A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria live in Louisville, Kentucky, with their five sons. His website "Moore to the Point" can be found at www.russellmoore.com.
Dr. Leon J. Podles holds a Ph.D. in Old English and Old Icelandic from the University of Virginia. Some of his recent publications include The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity (Spence) and Sacrilege, an in-depth look at sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. His work has appeared in numerous publications including America, The American Spectator, and Crisis.
After serving as a federal investigator for 20 years, Dr. Podles founded the Crossland Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing Christian culture through education. He is involved in his own community by serving on the boards of the Baltimore Area Council of Scouts and the Baltimore Opera Company. He and his wife Mary are the parents of six children. He resides in Baltimore, Maryland, and Naples, Florida.
Father Patrick Henry Reardon, now the priest of All Saints' Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, comes from an educational journey through Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, PA. His own output for the edification of others has been equally varied, as his writing has appeared over the past four decades in many publications across the world. Father Patrick has also published an extensive list of books.
Father Patrick lives in Chicago with his wife, Denise.
James M. Kushiner is the Executive Editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, which he formed in 1986 as an occasional newsletter. The publication expanded into a quarterly journal in 1987 and he became its editor in 1992, when he established an editorial board of Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox Christians. He developed Touchstone into a bimonthly magazine in 1998. Kushiner edited Creed & Culture: A Touchstone Reader, (2003, ISI books), a collection of Touchstone's best 21 essays from its first ten years of publication. His most recent talk, "The Prodigal Society: Toward Reclaiming Our Fruitful Inheritance," was presented at the Moscow Summit on Demography on June 29, 2011, in Moscow, Russia.
J. Daryl Charles, Rod Dreher, Robert Hart, Graeme Hunter, Phillip E. Johnson, Peter J. Leithart, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Ken Myers, Kevin Offner, Folke T. Olofsson, William Saunders, William J. Tighe, Mark Tooley, R. V. Young
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