Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood
The Charles D. Couch Chair of Moravian Theology
Craig Atwood knows all things Moravian—or just about. If you hang around him long enough, not only will you learn a thing or two, but you just may catch his passion—whether you are Moravian or not.
He 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. 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.
Since coming to MTS, Atwood has given lectures at the Universities of Heidelberg and Jena in Germany, to Moravian groups in Cuba, Suriname, Wisconsin, and Alberta. He has recently traveled to Morocco, Tanzania, and South Africa. He also appears in two documentary films, one about Count Zinzendorf and the other about the missionary David Zeisberger.
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.
When Atwood is not writing, researching, and teaching, he tries to avoid repairing his 150 year-old-house (which too often needs repairing). Instead, he likes to walk in the woods, especially near running water, watch movies, and read mystery novels. He regards How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss as having the best theology of any Christmas book around.