This is God’s world. Creation and incarnation demonstrate God’s active role in human history, extended through the life and ministry of Jesus. As he travelled the dusty roads of Palestine, he actively engaged both people and culture, challenging, encouraging, and confidently living out the ultimate reality of God’s Kingdom on earth. Christians are called to be the conduit for the reality of God to the world around them, engaging vividly and actively with their peers, whether in social, professional, academic, or religious contexts.
The MacRae Centre for Christian Faith & Culture engages in theological reflection on a rapidly-changing culture in order to equip Christians with a deep understanding of how to live and express faith in today’s world.
- To generate research that serves as a tool for the renewal of churches and parachurch organizations;
- To provide a diverse cross-section of resources on a Christian response to those issues that dominate and define contemporary culture;
- To offer formal and informal training opportunities that explore the intersection of faith, culture and public witness;
- To host creative conversations and events that draw students, congregants, and community members into our space at ADC;
- To model faithful living through the practices of community fellowship, cultural humility, symbolic acts, and rigorous theological reflection.
Dr. Anna Robbins, Director
BA (Carleton University)
MRE (Acadia University)
MA (Theology) (Acadia University)
PhD (University of Wales)
Dr. Anna Robbins serves as Professor of Theology, Culture and Ethics, and as Vice President of Acadia Divinity College. She is also Director of Doctoral Studies, and Director of the MacRae Centre.
Anna is a leader committed to serve the mission of Christ’s church locally and globally, with faithful integrity that applies the gospel to real-life issues and relationships with justice, innovation, academic rigour, and joyful expectation. She has an international profile in theology and apologetics, ethics, and contemporary culture, and is sought after as a speaker and teacher.
Anna came to faith at a young age in Saint John NB, and served several churches as an ordained minister of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada. Near the end of her doctoral studies in Wales, she was appointed to the faculty of the London School of Theology in the UK where she served for 12 years as a teacher and academic leader.
In London, she was theological consultant to organizations including Theos, Christians in Politics, Tearfund, and the Evangelical Alliance. She served on the council of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and was a British delegate to the Baptist World Alliance. Her research graduates serve in diverse teaching and leadership positions around the world.
In 2012, she returned to Nova Scotia with her family, to join the faculty at ADC. Anna continues to write, travel, and speak widely with a passion to help people engage well with matters of contemporary culture and faith.
The Centre for Christian Faith and Culture is named for the late Rev. Dr. Andrew D. MacRae in honour of his valuable leadership as the 4th Principal of Acadia Divinity College and recognition of his lifelong commitment to evangelism and mission. Dr. MacRae’s greatest desire was for people to know Christ; he was an evangelist and theological educator who spoke and preached locally and around the world. He was called to Acadia to establish the first chair in evangelism and mission in Canada, which he achieved in 1983. He then served as Principal (President) and Dean of Theology from 1985 to 1998. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Acadia University, in recognition of his wide service and contribution to the college. Dr. MacRae served the church and college faithfully, a valued mentor to many leaders until the time of his death in 2016. His legacy of helping churches and Christian leaders learn to engage the world continues through the MacRae Centre for Christian Faith and Culture.
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