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“ I appreciate the opportunity and the challenge of helping Christians today understand something about Christians who lived in the past – not only what they thought, but how they lived. We need to understand them, if we are truly to understand ourselves. ”

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Phone Number: 416-978-2782
Email Address: s.macdonald@utoronto.ca
Web site: individual.utoronto.ca/clarkemacdonald

The Rev. Dr. Stuart Macdonald, Professor of Church and Society and Senior Researcher for the Centre for Clergy Care & Congregational Health

Stuart has been a member of the Knox Faculty since 1996.

His research interests and publications are focused on both seventeenth century Scotland and contemporary religion in Canada, in particular religious demography and history related to The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

Stuart’s teaching areas include the global history of Christianity, the reformation era, the history of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the various explanations for changes which have occurred related to the place of religion in Western societies. Stuart is a member of the Presbytery of Brampton and serves as Minister-in-Association at Clarkson Road Presbyterian Church, Mississauga.


Classes I teach …


My Publications …

  • The Witches of Fife: Witch-hunting in a Scottish Shire, 1570-1710 (East Linton: Tuckwell, 2002)
  • “Canadian Presbyterians and Vatican II: A Silent Revolution” in Vatican II (forthcoming)
  • “Religion and Secularization in Canada: Education and the Impact on Mission” in Jan A.B. Jongeneel, Peter Tze Ming Ng, Chong Ku Paek, Scott W. Sunquist, and Yuko Watanabe, eds., Christian Mission and Education in Modern China, Japan, and Korea: Historical Studies (Peter Lang, 2009)
  • “Presbyterian and Reformed Christians and Ethnicity” in Paul Bramadat and David Seljak, eds., Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2008)
  • “Death of Christian Canada? Do Canadian church statistics support Callum Brown’s timing of church decline?” Canadian Society of Church History Papers, 2006.
  • “Divining the Entrails: One challene in studying how the Presbyterian Church in Canada looked at itself and its future, 1945-2000.” Canadian Society of Presbyterian History Papers 2006.
  • “Enemies of God Revisited: Recent Publications on Scottish Witch-hunting” in Scottish Economic and Social History, Vol. 23, pt. 2 (2003)
  • “The Presbyterian Church in Canada and Extension Work, 1945-1985” in The Canadian Society of Presbyterian History Papers 2003.

with Dr. Brian Clarke:

  • “How are Canada’s Five Largest Protestant Denominations Faring? A Look at the 2001 Census” Studies in Religion
  • “Simply ‘Christian’: Canada’s newest major religious denomination” Toronto Journal of Theology (23/2) 2007

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