The Christian Review: A Guide to Writers and Readers

Deal W. Hudson
December 20, 2014

We’ve received much positive feedback over the past few days since the launch of The Christian Review, including a number of inquiries from potential contributors. The “more the merrier” is our attitude toward both writers and readers.

Rather than publishing a style sheet or mission statement, we offer this somewhat light-hearted list of what we would like The Christian Review to be and not to be.

The Christian Review will not be:

1. A platform for airing predictable grievances with the White House, the Congress, the political parties, or politics in general.
2. A forum for the same worn-out stories about the Vatican II Church, liberal bishops, the USCCB, or guitar music (well, maybe complaining about guitar music is OK.)
3. A grouchy, cranky, or screechy hangout for joyless Catholics and other depressed Christians.
4. An exhibition of Christian kitsch, whether pictorial or verbal.
5. A place where the old saws of faith and spirituality are repeated as if they had some sort of talismanic power.
6. A vantage point from where Christians can look down and declare judgment upon the unsaved, the unenlightened, the unconverted, or the unbelieving (however criticizing bad taste is always fair game!).
7. A virtual political messaging machine for the GOP, as if it is always right and the Democrats always wrong, or as if God is on the side of one and not the other.
8. A “conservative” voice harassing its readers with party-line, or Fox News, talking points.
9. A Victorian parlor where Christians avoid talking about certain “forbidden” topics, or if the “forbidden” is mentioned everyone pretends not to know anything about it.
10. A hothouse for dank, poisonous rants about the state of the world, the end of civilization, or the imminent Apocalypse.

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Those who still want to write for The Christian Review, after reading the above, are encouraged to make submit writing with the following in mind:

1. Don’t be afraid to make it personal that avoid relying on the tricks of sentimentality.
2. Be willing to explore various literary styles and formats without delving into the surreal.
3. Consider writing poetry or fiction in addition to articles, columns, and commentary.
4. Address the big issues if you dare but remember that less often turns out to be more.
5. Please keep your articles between 500 and 700 words, but some subjects may require even less.
6. When addressing familiar subjects drill down, discover new ways of shedding light on what we think we already know.
7. Don’t pull your punches, be bold without being obnoxious, but get your facts right.
8. Remember you are writing for others, you want them to enjoy your writing, being intrigued enough to read to the end.
9. A website platform requires you write in short paragraphs with language containing a sense of forwarding motion.
10. Don’t agonize over what you are writing or be reluctant to write quickly — you have been living on this earth for many years, allow the thoughts to come quickly to you.

Writers who want to submit columns or articles for publication can email them to the editor at the email below. Please keep submissions around 500 to 700 words:

Deal W. Hudson, Publisher & Editor — hudsondeal@gmail.com

 

By Deal Hudson

Deal W. Hudson was born November 20, 1949 in Denver, CO, to Emmie and Jack Hudson, both native Texans. Dr. Hudson had an older sister Ruth, and eventually, a younger sister, Elizabeth. Emmie Hudson, Ruth Hudson and Elizabeth Hudson now live in Houston, TX; Jack Hudson passed away some years ago. The late Jack Hudson was a captain for Braniff Airlines in Denver at the time of Dr. Hudson’s birth. Later the family moved to Kansas City when his father joined the Federal Aviation Agency. From Kansas City, the Hudson family moved to Minneapolis, then to Massapequa, NY, and finally to Alexandria, VA, where they first occupied a home overlooking the Potomac River adjacent to the Mount Vernon estate. After a year, the family moved to a home on Tarpon Lane a few houses up the street from the Yacht Haven boat docks. Dr. Hudson attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School from grades 4 to 6 and has a special gratitude for the teaching of Mr. Hoppe who first told him was a ‘smart lad.’ Having moved with his family to Fort Worth, TX in 1960, Dr. Hudson attended William Monnig Junior High and Arlington Heights HS. In high school, Dr. Hudson was captain of the golf team, editor of the literary magazine (Guerdon), and performed the role of Peter in the ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ during his senior year. Dr. Hudson graduated cum laude with a major in philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin in 1971 where his undergraduate advisor was Prof. John Silber. His teachers at the University of Texas included Prof. Louis Mackey and Prof. Larry Caroline. Dr. Hudson minored in both classics and English literature. Dr. Hudson lived in Atlanta from 1974-1989, where he attended Emory University, receiving a Phd from the Graduate Institute for the LIberal Arts. He also taught philosophy at Mercer University in Atlanta from 1980-89. In 1989 Dr. Hudson and his family left Atlanta when he was hired to teach philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Hudson taught at Fordham, and also part-time at New York University, from 1989 to 1994. Dr. Hudson first came to Atlanta in after graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with an M.Div. While at PTS, Dr. Hudson managed the Baptist Student Union at Princeton University and became its first director. Dr. Hudson also was licensed at a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NJ. Dr. Hudson’s primary area of study at PTS was the history of Christian doctrine which he pursued with Dr. Karlfried Froelich. In 1984 Dr. Hudson was received in the Catholic Church by Msgr. Richard Lopez, with the special permission of Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan, at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta. Dr. Hudson has been married twenty-five years to Theresa Carver Hudson and they have two children, Hannah Clare, 23, and Cyprian Joseph (Chip), 15, adopted from Romania when he was three years old. The Hudson family has lived in Fairfax, VA for more than fifteen years, after having lived five years in Bronxville, NY and a year in Atlanta, GA, where Theresa and Deal were married.

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