Books & Culture

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Books & Culture
EditorJohn Wilson
Categories Literary magazines, Christianity
FrequencyBimonthly
FormatTabloid
Circulation 11,000
First issueSeptember 1995 (1995-09)
Final issue
Number
November 2016 (2016-11)
Vol 22 No 6
Company Christianity Today International
CountryUnited States
Based in Carol Stream, Illinois
LanguageEnglish
Website www.booksandculture.com
ISSN 1082-8931
OCLC 32609725

Books & Culture: A Christian Review (B&C) was a bimonthly book review journal published by Christianity Today International from 1995 to 2016. [1] The journal was launched a year after the publication of The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark A. Noll, and it sought to address that scandal by providing a vehicle for Christian intellectual engagement with ideas and culture, modeled on the New York Review of Books. [2] It was launched and subsidized through its early years with the help of grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts. [3] John Wilson edited the publication and Noll and Philip Yancey served as cochairs of the editorial board. [4]

While the publisher and the majority of Books & Culture's writers were evangelical, the magazine was not limited to evangelical perspectives. "Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Jews, and a few nonbelievers" could be found among the publication's contributors, according to the New York Times . [2] In 2000, Alan Wolfe observed in The Atlantic that "In addition to evangelicals, figures as diverse as the economist Glenn C. Loury; the historian Eugene Genovese; Richard Bernstein, of New School University; and the novelist Larry Woiwode have written for the magazine, which has featured interviews with Stanley Crouch, Adam Michnik, and Francis Fukuyama." [5]

Books & Culture was considered "the leading journal of evangelical Protestant engagement with the scholarly disciplines and the arts" [6] and enjoyed a loyal following among both self-styled evangelical intellectuals and the wider publishing industry, [7] [8] but it was never financially self-sustaining. [9] [3] In 2013 it narrowly avoided closure through a Twitter-driven fundraising push that secured sufficient donations and pledges to keep the magazine afloat into the following year and beyond. [10] Wilson speculated in an interview after the closure was announced that it might have been easier to attract donors if the magazine had functioned as "sort of a culture war vehicle," but that had never been the vision of the publication. [3]

In the Books & Culture podcast, Wilson regularly highlighted other periodicals that he believed would appeal to readers of Books & Culture, including The Other Journal, The Englewood Review of Books, and Image. [11] Commentators discussing the demise of Books & Culture identified these and other publications that might be considered successors to the journal, such as Mars Hill Audio Journal , Touchstone , and Sojourners . [9] [12] In December 2016, it was announced that Wilson would be editing a new publication starting in spring 2017 called Education & Culture; [13] that online-only review ceased publication in October 2017. [14]

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