Country Music and Jesus

deadline for submissions: 
November 19, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Darren J. N. Middleton / Intégrité: A Journal of Faith and Learning (Missouri Baptist University)
contact email: 

Intégrité is a scholarly journal published biannually by the Faith and Learning Committee and the Humanities Division at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri. Published both online ( and in print, it welcomes essays for a special issue (Fall 2019) on “Country Music and Jesus.” Essays may explore the intersection of country music and Christian claims concerning the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth. As a faith and learning journal, Intégrité also invites pedagogical essays that address teaching Christianity and country music at faith-based institutions of higher learning.

Some possible topics include:

  • What does country music say about the New Testament?
  • Johnny Cash and The Gospel Road film
  • Hank Williams and Jesus
  • Women in early Christianity, Jesus, and the women of country music
  • Christian atonement motifs in country music
  • Social class, Jesus, and Outlaw country music
  • The Cowboy Church
  • Country music and Christological heresies
  • Contemporary Christological concerns in country music
  • Jesus and specific performers: Brandy Clark, Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson, etc.
  • Is modern country music Christian?
  • Politics, Jesus, and country music
  • The Ryman Auditorium as “the Mother Church of Country Music”
  • What country music teaches Christians about sin and redemption

For this issue the journal also welcomes reviews of scholarly books published since 2010 that explore topics related to Christianity, country music, and pedagogy. The journal is interested in brief reviews of recent biographies of country musicians known for exploring Christian themes in their art. Interviews with artists will be considered.

Essays should be 15-25 pages in length, and book reviews should be 5-8 pages. For citation style, refer to the current edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Articles should include in-text citations in parentheses, a list of endnotes (if applicable), and an alphabetical listing of works cited at the end. Proposals and abstracts may be submitted until November 19, 2018. Essays are due no later than March 18, 2019. Please send submissions as Word attachments.