ETHOS Institute™ for Public Christianity

A Christian think tank formed by the National Council of Churches of Singapore, Trinity Theological College and The Bible Society of Singapore.

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CREDO: Bible + Apologetics + Doctrine

CREDO is a new monthly column that addresses issues related to the Bible, apologetics and doctrine. 

The Image of the Invisible God

by Dr Roland Chia

The most unique and radical claim of the Christian Faith is not that God has revealed himself, but that he has done so by becoming a human being.

The incarnation is the most central truth of the Christian Faith. The eternal Son of God took up human flesh and became ‘like his brothers in every respect’ not only to ‘make propitiation for the sins of his people’ (Hebrews 2:17) but also to reveal the very being of the triune God to humankind.

The Bible everywhere speaks of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son now incarnate, as the supreme revelation of God. Thus, the author of Hebrews could write: ‘Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, who he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world’ (Hebrews 1:1-2).

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The Pneumatological Perspective to Inter-faith Dialogue
by Rev James Yeo

The Second Vatican Council teaches that the Holy Spirit acts not only in the Church but also outside it, and above all, in other religions.

The Council while defending the unique saving work of Jesus Christ, recognizes the universal salvific will of God. This means that Jesus wants to save all of humanity and indeed Scripture says that the whole of creation longs for this redemption (Rom 8:22).

Although the Council spoke of the Spirit’s action outside the boundaries of the Church and in all things that are good and true, it was Pope John Paul II who went further by recognizing the activity of the Holy Spirit in non-Christian religions.

Pope John Paul II never suggested that salvation could be found in non-Christian religions. He merely pondered on questions like: How does God work in the lives of peoples of different religions? How does the saving activity of Jesus effectively extend to those who have not professed faith in Him?

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Paganising Christianity

by Dr Roland Chia

The unprecedented emergence of religious fundamentalism and fervour across the globe in the final decades of the last century has led to the demise of the so-called secularisation theory proposed by philosophers and sociologists in the 1960s. Instead of being made obsolete by the seemingly unstoppable advance of secularism, the religions are experiencing something of a revival.

This phenomenal “re-sacralisation” has brought to the surface spiritual sensibilities or predilections that are best described as “neo-pagan”. In her insightful book, New Age and Neo-pagan Religions in America, Sarah Pike helpfully characterised neo-pagan beliefs and practices as eclectic and inclusive, “traditional” and inventive, embracing both old and new.

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Upcoming Events

27 Sep 2016 – ETHOS Public Lecture: Salvation by only One Name? What about the Other Religions?
Speaker: Dr Tan Loe Joo
Venue: St Andrew's Cathedral, Prayer Hall A-C
Time: 8pm – 9.30pm

18 Oct 2016 – ETHOS Institute Annual Lecture 2016: Theology Amid an InfoComm Technology Revolution - An Asian Perspective
Speaker: Dr Tan Gee Paw
Venue: St Andrew's Cathedral, Prayer Hall A-C
Time: 8pm – 9.30pm

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ETHOS Conference 2016: Human Sexuality, Marriage and The Church
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