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Amanda Hackney, PhD

Adjunct Faculty in Theology
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  • Introduction to Spiritual Theology
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Jesus the Christ
  • The Holy Spirit
  • The Triune God
  • Theology of Karl Barth
  • World Religions
  • Contemporary Religious Movements

Teaching Philosophy

My goal as a theological educator is to help students cultivate an appetite for learning, an appetite that, as Paul Griffiths writes, "needs catechizing, which is to say instruction, direction, and formation." This catechetical approach helps my students learn that thinking theologically influences not only what they believe but also how they think, live, and interact with our culture. By fostering dialogue, and asking critical questions, I try to help students cultivate "thick" reading skills rather than "consumer" reading skills, not only through the course readings carefully chosen for each class, but also through facilitated class discussions, and capstone writing assignments.


Amanda Hackney moved to Caronport in 2010 from Hamilton, Ontario. Prior to coming to Briercrest, Amanda was an associate pastor in a Nazarene (Wesleyan tradition) church, and has been actively involved in preaching and worship-leading for over a decade. When Amanda isn't working or studying, she can be found watching episodes of Star Trek, Doctor Who, or anything from the "Whedon-verse." Amanda is married to Dr. Charles Hackney (Associate Professor of Psychology), and is momma to Beth, Nora, and Malcolm.


PhD Theological Studies, University of Toronto
MA Theological Studies, Briercrest Seminary (2014)
BRE Arts and Biblical Studies, Emmanuel Bible College (2004)


Theological Interpretation of Scripture
Theology of Karl Barth
Patristic Theology
Reformation History and Theology
Systematic Theology
Liturgy and Spiritual Formation


  • “Peldor Joy: Liturgies of Rest in the Star Trek Universe” in Theology and Star Trek, ed. Shaun Brown and Amanda MacInnis-Hackney. Forthcoming.
  • Theology and Star Trek, co-edited academic volume with Shaun Brown. Under contract. Anticipated release: 2019-2020.
  • “Exegeting Humanity’s Place in God’s Story: Karl Barth and Figural Time.” Zeitschrift für Dialektische Theologie 33, no. 2 (2017): 179–95.
  • “‘Unity-in-Distinction’: Toward a Model for Understanding the Relationship Between Faith Practice and Academic Practice.” Didaskalia 27 (September 2016): 99–113.
  • Review of Reading Auschwitz with Barth by Mark R. Lindsay. The Center for Barth Studies. July 2016.
Throughout my adventures this year, I have made some incredible friendships with amazing people who have challenged me to grow in my faith, embrace hope in the future, and break out of my comfort zone.
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