Moravian Theology

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 April 2024) | Viewed by 324

Special Issue Editor

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Guest Editor
Department of Theology, Moravian University, Bethlehem, PA 1801A, USA
Interests: Moravian theology; Moravian church history; German pietism; reformation; history of Christianity; religion in America

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

The Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) has a long and rich theological heritage that has at times produced some provocative and innovative understandings of the Christian religion. With roots in the Hussite Reformation of the 15th century, the Moravians developed a unique approach to church reform based on a distinction between what is essential, ministerial, and incidental. The church promoted orthopraxy more that orthodoxy. Similar to the later Anabaptists, the Moravian Church was originally a pacifist church with a strict ethical discipline, but, unlike the Anabaptists the Moravian Brethren, encouraged education and ecumenism. Moravian bishop John Amos Comenius drew heavily on Moravian theology in his program of educational and social reform in the 17th century. In the 18th century, the Moravian Church was revived and transformed by the German Pietist movement and the provocative theology of Nikolaus von Zinzendorf. Zinzendorf was one of the first theologians to focus on Christian faith as subjective and wholistic, and his sermons and hymns influenced German Romanticism and existentialism. During the Zinzendorf era, the Moravian Church was an international religious community dedicated to global Protestant missions. Already by 1800, most members of the church were people of color outside of Europe and the United States of America, but the Moravian mission was conducted within the context of European colonialism. In the 20th century, the church engaged in a long process of restructuring that allowed for greater theological and ecclesiastical diversity. This collection of articles will highlight the cultural diversity of modern Moravian theology and the complications of maintaining unity in the midst of diversity. The question today is whether there is such a thing as “Moravian theology” or whether there are multiple Moravian theologies.

Tentative completion schedule:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 1 September 2022
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: 15 September 2022
  • Full manuscript deadline: 31 March 2023

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the guest editor  ( or to the Religions editorial office ( Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

Prof. Dr. Craig Atwood
Guest Editor

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  • Hussites
  • Unity of the Brethren
  • Comenius
  • Zinzendorf
  • post-colonialism
  • Tanzania
  • Caribbean theology
  • Philadelphianism
  • ecumenism
  • Pietism
  • atonement
  • Christology
  • Holy Spirit

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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