Ralph C. Wood is a University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He holds the B.A. and M.A. from East Texas State College (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) as well as the A.M. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. From 1971-1997, he taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he served as the John Allen Easley Professor of Religion from 1990. At Baylor, Dr. Wood teaches in the Great Texts program as well as the departments of Religion and English.
In addition to being an editor-at-large for the Christian Century, he serves on the editorial boards of both the Flannery O’Connor Review and Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review. All of his books remain in print: The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists [Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, John Updike and Peter De Vries] (Notre Dame, 1988); Contending for the Faith: The Church’s Engagement with Culture (Baylor, 2003); The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth (Westminster/John Knox, 2004); Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South (Eerdmans, 2004), Literature and Theology (Abingdon, 2008), Preaching and Professing: Sermons by a Teacher Seeking to Proclaim the Gospel(Eerdmans, 2009); and Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God (Baylor, 2011).