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Calum Macfarlane, PhD

Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies
Associate Dean of the college
 cmacfarlane@briercrest.ca   306.756.3315    

Teaches:
Spiritual Theology, Poetry, Interdisciplinary Studies, Fine Arts
  Knowledge is not an accumulation of facts but a response to the world around us which is rooted in the character of God himself and lived out in imitation of Jesus Christ. 

Teaching Philosophy

My hope is that students in my classes will grow in their love for the Word and their world; that they will begin to understand that their worship of God, the shaping of their worldview, and the fleshing out of their faith in daily life are all intrinsically connected to their answer to the question posed by Steven Garber: "What am I learning to love?" In my mind this goes a long way in dissolving the unnecessary division we have created between academic and spiritual growth. A genuinely biblical definition of knowledge has to address questions of action and responsibility.

Background

Cal has been a professor at Briercrest College since 1986. In addition to his teaching responsibilities he has served in a variety of roles including, among others, Men's Volleyball Coach, Youth Quake Director, College Chaplain, Imprint Director, Dean of Faculty, and Associate Dean of the College. He enjoys the Arts and has been a potter for over 25 years. He is also an ordained Anglican priest who serves as an associate in his local parish in Moose Jaw. He is married to Tracy and they have three adult children.

Education

PhD Theology, University of Southhampton, 2005
Master of Christian Studies, Regent College, 1991
BRE Theology (Honours), Briercrest Bible College, 1983

Research

Thomas Traherne (Seventeenth century poet and Anglican divine)
Edwin Muir (Twentieth century Scots poet and critic)
David Jones (Twentieth century Anglo-Welsh poet)
thebrightfield.ca ( Online resources for the Christian journey)
The most satisfying thing about Briercrest is that I can study in an environment that encourages me in a healthy relationship with God and others. It gives me a chance to make friendships and relationships with those who have the same values as me.
From the National Survey of Student Engagement 2015