The Andrew D. MacRae Centre for Christian Faith and Culture is integral to the work of Acadia Divinity College in preparing Christian leaders to think more deeply on matters of faith and witness. The Centre provides a reliable setting for people to explore the intersections between faith, vocation, and realities of a shifting cultural landscape.
Launched in 2016, the Centre is a space for exploring information, reflection, and understanding through robust research and the provision of credible resources. We provide a forum for debate and intellectual engagement through dialogue with a diversity of views and perspectives, whether through blogs, articles, or public discussions. It is our hope to speak clearly and prophetically into culture through the media of daily life – events, art, music, film – in order to elucidate the liberating and loving reality of God for the world.
We are inundated with myriad voices, social media posts, and online news stories that inform our daily routines and thinking. In this age of information overload, with its challenges to a Christian worldview, how is it possible to know what’s true and what deserves attention?
As a Centre for Excellence at Acadia Divinity College, the MacRae Centre brings clarity to a clouded world by three primary means:
The first step is to engage and explore the information which fills daily life. This includes intently reading, watching, seeing, and observing the cultural markers and artifacts of society. The Centre actively identifies and engages debates and ideas proposed by the world, seeking out perspectives with which the church must engage.
Not all ideas are created equal. The Centre analyzes critically the philosophical and ideological forces which inform the voices in society, to distill the essence of positions and movements in culture.
God is concerned with all aspects of human existence. The Centre offers considered theological responses to culture which are rooted in biblical and historical contexts, so that Christians may act in the contemporary world with renewed confidence.