It is a quarterly journal published since 1980 by the Society of Coptic Church Studies, East Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Rodolph Yanney, Editor-in-Chief, founded CCR in order to address a significant void in English-language scholastic theological literature on the Coptic Church and the Coptic religious heritage. Born in 1929, Rodolph Yanney, M.D. is an internist who has dedicated his life to and contributed extensively to CCR and conferences. He is a member of the American Society of Patristic Studies.

CCR presents the Coptic Church and its liturgy, , monastic literature, art, iconography, music, history, archeology, architecture, and even social and political roles and struggles. CCR publishes scholastic papers by authors from around the world and from a variety of religious backgrounds.

Besides topics specific to the Coptic Church, the patristic literature and its critiques have been a special focus of CCR, which features prominently the writings and biographies of the fathers. Occasional special issues explore one subject, such as St. Athanasius the Great (vol. 4, no. 2, 1983); St. Pachomius (vol. 5, no. 1, 1984); Life of St. Antony (vol. 15, no.1, 1994); Patriarch Cyril VI (vol. 17, no. 1, 1996); and St. Cyril of Alexandria (vol.19, no. 1, 1998).