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Touchstone

A Journal of Mere Christianity
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The Fellowship of St. James
P.O. Box 410788
Chicago, IL 60641


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.

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Senior Editors

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—Brought up on the Bible but disturbed by doctrinal controversies between churches that profess orthodoxy, Hutchens began in early adulthood to study Christian doctrine and the lives of as many churches as possible, beginning with those of the fundamentalists and Evangelicals among whom he was raised. The intellectual pilgrimage this required was taken through a number of seminaries and divinity schools, Protestant and Catholic, liberal and conservative. During doctoral studies he was the pastor of a Congregationalist church—the most intense of his learning experiences.

Influenced by C. S. Lewis and the Mercersburg theologians and aided by Harold O. J. Brown and Carl Braaten, under whose supervision he wrote his dissertation, his conclusions to date include rejection of religious modernism and its satellite theologies as fundamentally anti-Christian, and a rough ranking of the believing churches from greater to lesser levels of understanding. In this ranking, however, Eastern Orthodoxy stands uniquely first as the Church whose theology and method, to which philosophy is decisively subordinated, comprehends the pervading Christological paradox upon which the faith and its Scriptures (with all creation) are built, and contains none of the missteps made by the most theologically encumbered Western churches.

These conclusions, however, make one no more than a bad Protestant, and unattractive to anyone hiring theology professors, so Hutchens took a quick library degree and has for more than twenty years served as a reference librarian in a public library in Kenosha, Wisconsin. While writing primarily for Touchstone, and formerly for Mere Comments, he has published essays and reviews in The New Oxford Review, The Congregationalist, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, The Religion and Society Report, The Evangelical Catholic, Sursum Corda, Books and Culture, and The New Atlantis.

Dr. Russell D. Moore is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral concerns and public policy entity of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. Prior to his election in 2013, Moore served as provost and dean of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also taught as professor of theology and ethics. Moore is the author of several books including Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches and Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five sons.

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.

Executive Editor

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.

Contributing Editors

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

Assistant Editor

Anita Kuhn

Graphics / Web

Jerry Janquart

Office Manager

Carolyn Frève

Marketing & Copy Editing

Patricia Kushiner