Craig Atwood Recent Contributions to the Field

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Rev. Dr. Craig D. Atwood (2010)

Charles D. Couch Associate Professor
of Moravian Theology and Ministry
Director of the Center for Moravian Studies

BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1983
MDiv, Moravian Theological Seminary, 1987
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1995
Ordained in the Moravian Church

Phone: 610-861-1596

Craig Atwood joined the faculty of Moravian College and Theological Seminary in 2010 and teaches courses in Moravian theology, Moravian history, the history of Christianity, religion in America, and history of Christian thought. He received his PhD in historical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1995, his Master of Divinity from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1987, and his BA in religion and history from UNC Chapel Hill in 1983. He was ordained a deacon in the Moravian Church in 1987 and later consecrated a presbyter. Prior to coming to Moravian, Atwood served as theologian in residence at Home Moravian Church, chaplain and Starbuck Assistant Professor of Religion at Salem Academy and College, chaplain of Moravian College, and Assistant Dean of Moravian Theological Seminary.

Atwood is best known for his books Community of the Cross: Moravian Piety in Colonial Bethlehem (Penn State, 2004) and Theology of the Czech Brethren from Hus to Comenius (Penn State, 2009). He is also the author of over fifty academic articles, chapters in books, encyclopedia articles, book reviews, and church publications. He is also the editor of The Handbook of Denominations in the United States (Abingdon Press, 2001, 2005, 2010) and co-editor of The Hinge: International Theological Dialog for the Moravian Church. He is the editor of the series Pietist, Moravian, and Anabaptist Studies for Penn State University Press.In addition Atwood serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Moravian History. He is currently the president of the Moravian Historical Society and the Moravian Museum Board, and has been president of the Pietism Studies Group.

In both the academic and church settings, Atwood is helping the broader Christian community rediscover the riches of the Moravian theological heritage, especially the radical aspects of Zinzendorf’s theology. He has published on concepts like the motherhood of the Holy Spirit, spiritual androgyny, Moravian mysticism, pacifism, and Moravian radicalism. He believes that modern Christian should draw upon the wisdom and insights of generations of Christian thinkers in the great tradition of the faith. In 2016 Atwood will be on sabbatical. In addition to lectures at the University of Heidelberg, he will be working on a one-volume history of the Moravian Church.

Representative Courses
Moravian History
The Christian Tradition
Christianity in the Modern World
The Ancient Unity (Moravian)
Renewed and Modern Moravian Church
Historical Theology