Pactum Institute

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The Pactum Institute is an independent academic research institute dedicated to the scholarly advancement of traditional Biblical Christianity, especially in the fields of Theology and the Humanities.
‘Pactum’ is the Latin word for covenant, the basis of all human life and society as creation of God.

The executive director of the Pactum Institute is dr. Adi Schlebusch (PhD, University of Groningen, 2018).


The Institute seeks to fill the lamentable gap left in contemporary scholarship by the systematic intolerance and bias against historic and Biblical Christianity in academia, by promoting the following through its research:

1. The Authority of Scripture and in particular the confessional or high approach to Bibliology.
2. Covenantal or Federal Theology as the foundational and organizing principle for a Christian society.
3. Christ’s Lordship over all of creation and especially over every aspect and every sphere of the Christian life.
4. God’s Law as the absolute moral standard for all spheres of society.
5. Christian Familialism and Ethnic Complementarianism as representing the organic and divinely ordained social order for mankind.
6. Providing sustainable, practical solutions for small community and clan living within the context of contemporary society based on the principle of Subsidiarity.

By virtue of a covenantal or federal theological framework, the Pactum Institute strives to contest the contemporary dominance of Cultural Marxism in Western academia by advocating the historic and biblical Christian doctrines of Scripture, the Covenant, Divine Law and Familialism. The Christian worldview will thereby be presented to the broader public as the only true alternative to the ruin and decadence caused by apostasy from historic Christianity and the extensive yet destructive impact of Cultural Marxism on Western civilization.
Research will also focus on providing sustainable, practical solutions for small and traditionalist community and clan living as an alternative to a globalized and modernist social order. In this regard the focus would be on both the theoretical foundations as well as the practical implementation of alternative socio-economic and socio-political strategies for establishing and sustainable small, covenantal communities based around the family, both nuclear and extended.

Additionally, the Institute will continually engage in contemporary discussions in theology, politics and philosophy by publishing timely press releases regarding current events and developments on behalf of the Institute and its members.


Publishing at least two (peer-reviewed) scholarly articles, a book as well as an English translation of a book annually dedicated to advancing the mission of the Institute.

Scholarly articles would be fruitful in terms of helping and encouraging young Christians in colleges and other academic settings where they are being exposed to anti-Christian worldviews, especially since the academic community are compelled to recognize peer-reviewed publications as authoritative. Books will be aimed at being useful for personal edification, home-schooling purposes as well as for the cultivation of small covenantal community living.

Through publishing scholarly articles and books aimed at advancing the historic Christian worldview, the false leftist and Marxist dogma in the fields of theology, philosophy, history, sociology, politics and anthropology will be dismantled.

Who We Are

The Director and Senior Researcher of the Pactum Institute is dr. Adi Schlebusch.

Born and raised in South Africa, dr. Schlebusch completed two bachelor's degrees (Theology and Latin), graduating both cum laude from the University of the Free State. He completed his Masters degree (Philosophy) from the same institution and thereafter his PhD (Theology) from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands - one of the world's top 100 universities. He is the author of several peer-reviewed papers, publishing regularly in leading journals since graduating with his PhD in 2018.

Rev. Bret L. McAtee is a Research Fellow with the Pactum Institute.

Rev. McAtee is the pastor of an independent Reformed Church in Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree focused on Political Science, History and Religion from Indiana Wesleyan University as well as a Master of Divinity from Columbia Biblical Seminary at Columbia International University. He regularly uploads quality theological and philosophical reflections on his personal blog known as Iron Ink.

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Who We Are

Research Publications

Trajecta. Religion, Culture and Society in the Low Countries 29(2), 2020, pp. 141-159.

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Press Statements


The Pactum Institute is completely funded by its members, thereby remaining fully independent from any university or government. We have two membership options.

The Standard Membership fee is $300 per annum (or $25 per month), and includes the following benefits:

- The right to see and make suggestions regarding all the Institute's press releases prior to official release.
- Free copies of at least two books published by the Institute annually, including shipping costs covered by the Institute.
- Quarterly updates on the Institute’s work and its progress.

The Premium Membership fee is $600 per annum (or $50 per month), and includes all the benefits of the standard membership package, plus:

- Two extra copies of the books published by the Institute.
- A Pactum Institute Blazer, with shipping costs covered by the Institute.

If you are interested in membership, please contact the Institute at

Research Assistance

Research Assistance
Research Assistance Project

In School, in College or at Work, Christians are currently being bombarded with a Leftist worldview. The normative framework for research in contemporary society, regardless of the field, is unfortunately informed by anti-Christian theoretical viewpoints. In fact, there currently exists a prevalent bias against any scholarship from a distinctly Christian framework throughout the Western world.

This is where the Pactum Institute’s research assistance project comes in. If you or a family member are doing a research project for school, for university, for work or even for private purposes, we are here to help provide you with assistance in terms of the resources you need to counter Leftist views through rigorous scholarship. Our experienced scholars will provide you with the relevant information, sources, literature, as well as proofreading and editing services to ensure not only the academic integrity of your project (relevant to its desired level), but also that your project reflects a thoroughly Christian worldview. We also assist parents and/or communities with structuring their homeschool curricula.

By helping you, the Pactum Institute seeks to fulfil its mandate of constructively contributing to Christian scholarship all over the globe.

This service is provided at a standard fee of $8 per hour. For more information or to make use of this service, please contact us at



Dr. Schlebusch and Rev. McAtee discuss the role of theological and philosophical presuppositions as well as worldviews in shaping the theoretical framework for scientific investigation:

Pactum Podcast 2021.1: Science and Worldview ( 

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Dr Adi Schlebusch (Executive Director of the Pactum Institute)