Stephen Lloyd-Moffett

Religious Studies Minor Advisor

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About Stephen Lloyd-Moffett

Professor Lloyd-Moffett's initial research focused on ascetic traditions, particularly hermits and cave-dwellers in Early Christianity and Ancient Hinduism. However, he has broad interests in religion, publishing or lecturing on the mystical life of César Chávez, religion in modern Greece, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, ignorance of Islam in America, and most recently in the relationship between religion and wine.

He is the author of Beauty for Ashes: The Spiritual Transformation of a Modern Greek Community, that tells the engaging story of the spiritual recovery of a rural Greek town after a scandal involving their bishop. He is currently working on The Soul of Wine: Finding Religion in the Fruit of the Vine, that looks at the way in which passion for wine acts as a surrogate for religion.

In 2010, he was named one of the Top 20 under 40 in San Luis Obispo and was awarded the Cal Poly College of Liberal arts teaching award and the President's Community Service Award. He lectures widely in the community on religious topics. His interests outside the classroom include communal living, wine making, and spending time with his sons, Basil and Phineas. 



  • Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Master of Theology, St. Vladamir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A., Claremont McKenna College

Professional Interests

  • Ascetic traditions, particularly hermits in Early Christianity and Ancient Hinduism

Courses Taught

  • RELS 201: Religion, Dialogue, and Society
  • RELS 205: Jesus
  • RELS 301: Religions of Asia
  • RELS 302: Abrahamic Traditions
  • RELS 306: Hinduism
  • RELS 310: Christianity
  • RELS 311: Islam
  • RELS 344: Approaches to the Study of Religion
  • RELS 372: Spiritual Extremism: Asceticism, Mysticism, and Madness
  • RELS/POLS 380: Religion and Politics of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
  • RELS 470: Religion and Wine

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