Our Purpose

 

The Center for Christian Faith & Culture exists to explore the wisdom of the Christian intellectual tradition in order to foster theological literacy, prayerful contemplation, and faithful reasoning within the Church, the academy, and other areas of professional life.

 

We aim to foster a rich Christian culture characterized by theological literacy, practical wisdom, and spiritual discernment. We envision Christian families, churches, schools, as well as business and community leaders better equipped to navigate these confused times with Christian wisdom and moral integrity.

 

Our approach is both ecumenical and orthodox, and our theological orientation is captured by what C.S. Lewis described as “mere Christianity.” The Center aims to promote the spiritual substance of (to use another phrase from Lewis) a “deep church.”

 

Affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Tradition, Malone University’s faculty, staff, and student body are ecumenical and highly diverse. The Center for Christian Faith & Culture is deeply invested in this diverse community, and we are grateful to have “a seat at the table,” where we can consistently and passionately represent the classical Christian tradition in our work on campus and beyond.

Communication – The ongoing work of the Center includes regular communication with our various constituencies through an active blog, a monthly newsletter, and meetings with pastors and other community leaders.

Formation – We are devoted to formation in the way of Christ as understood in classical, ecumenical, and Trinitarian Christian orthodoxy. Through workshops, lectures, conferences, and retreats, we offer continuing education and leadership development for area pastors, lay leaders, Malone students, faculty and staff.

Fellowship – Through student fellowships, reading groups. and other informal gatherings, we encourage & cultivate friendships grounded in the knowledge, wisdom, and love of Jesus Christ.

 

Our Staff

Dr. Bryan Hollon

Dr. Bryan Hollon

Director, Center for Christian Faith & Culture; Professor of Theology

Dr. Hollon is Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Christian Faith & Culture. As a scholar, he specializes in the Ressourcement theology of Henri de Lubac. As an Anglican Priest, he is always interested in the ways that Christians and Christian churches engage contemporary culture and struggle to remain faithful to the gospel in different contexts.  Dr. Hollon is a proponent of the great consensual tradition that C.S. Lewis referred to as “Mere Christianity,” and he founded the Center for Christian Faith & Culture to help others explore its wisdom.

 

Dr. David Beer

Dr. David Beer

Associate Director, Center for Christian Faith & Culture; Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. David Beer assisted the work of the Center informally for several years before being named Associate Director. He is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences.  As a political theorist who specializes in the thought of Augustine, Charles Norris Cochrane, and Eric Voegelin, Professor Beer works at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and theology.

 

Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton

Administrative Assistant

Linda Hamilton serves as our administrative assistant. Originally from Michigan, she began working for Malone in January of 2006. Since coming to Malone, Linda has assumed many responsibilities. For instance, in addition to her work for the Center, she is the Administrative Assistant serving the Department of Bible, Theology, and Ministry, the Department of English, and the Dean of the College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences.

Linda serves as the adviser for the Department of Theology Student group (DOTS) and  was honored with Malone University’s Outstanding Staff Member award in 2013. She has three children and three grandchildren.