Touchstone (magazine)

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Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity
Touchstone Magazine logo.jpg
FrequencyBimonthly (since 2010)
First issue1986 (1986)
CompanyFellowship of St. James
CountryUnited States
Based inChicago
LanguageEnglish Edit this at Wikidata
Editor James Kushiner showing aTouchstone edition at the World Congress of Families in 2017

Touchstone is a bimonthly conservative ecumenical Christian publication of the Fellowship of St. James. It is subtitled A Journal of Mere Christianity, which replaced A Journal of Ecumenical Orthodoxy.

Touchstone was started in 1986 as a Chicago-area newsletter and gradually expanded into a quarterly, and is currently published six times a year. It covers matters related to Christianity, culture, literature, secularism, and world affairs. The subtitle of the journal is a reference to C. S. Lewis' concept of "mere Christianity".[1] The publication describes its approach as both theologically conservative and ecumenical.[2] It has won the Associated Church Press's Award of Excellence (first place) for journals for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007[3] and 2008, as well as six or seven other awards each year, including awards for articles, its book review section, and editorial courage.

The magazine's executive editor (since January 1992) is James Kushiner (Orthodox). Senior editors include Anthony Esolen, Robert P. George, James Hitchcock, and Leon J. Podles (all Catholic); S. M. Hutchens and Russell D. Moore (both Protestant); and Patrick Henry Reardon (Orthodox). From 2003 to 2008 its editor was David Mills (Catholic).

Touchstone has published two books based on some of its essays: Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design (2001) and Creed and Culture: A Touchstone Reader (2003).


  1. ^ Cary McMullen, "Tricky Issues with Right, Left", Lakeland Ledger, April 26, 2003.
  2. ^ Chris Armstrong, "The Next Pope: An African?", Christianity Today, August 8, 2008.
  3. ^ "Awards 2007: Best of the Christian Press" Archived 2011-08-30 at the Wayback Machine, Associated Church Press, April 2008.

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