Who is the Moravian Lover of Hus?

Craig D. Atwood is Charles D. Couch Associate Professor of Moravian Theology and Ministry at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA. He is also the Director of the Center for Moravian Studies (www.moravianstudies.org). Craig has taught at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity and Salem Academy and College, both of which are in Winston-Salem, NC. From 2002-2009 he served as Theologian in Residence at Home Moravian Church as well. As theologian in residence, Craig taught the Adult Bible Class at Home Church from 2005-2009. This class was broadcast live on WSJS radio in Winston-Salem, and had the distinction of being the oldest continuous religious radio broadcast in America, having started in 1929. Many of the posts on theflamingheretic are the lessons that Craig delivered over the airwaves when he was at Home Church.

Craig is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1983), Moravian Theological Seminary (1987), and Princeton Theological Seminary (1995) where he earned his PhD in Historical Theology. He is an ordained presbyter in the Moravian Church, Southern Province and served as pastor of Third Moravian Church in Philadelphia while he was writing his dissertation (Blood, Sex, and Death: Life and Liturgy in Zinzendorf’s Bethlehem). His first positions were  as chaplain of Moravian College and assistant dean of Moravian Seminary.

Craig has taught a variety of courses in the area of Western religion, including the history of Christianity, historical theology, and American religion. His specialty is Moravian history and theology, especially the theology of Zinzendorf, and he has written several books on Moravian topics. His book Community of the Cross: Moravian Piety in Colonial Bethlehem received the Dale Brown Award for excellence in scholarship from the Young Center for Pietist and Anabaptist Studies.  He was also the editor of the 11th, 12th, and 13th editions of Handbook of Denominations in the United States, one of the most widely-used reference books on American religion. His most recent book is The Theology of the Czech Brethren from Hus to Comenius.

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