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.

 14 October 2016 A Closed Door Meeting on SGSecure with
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Minister Tan Chuan-Jin

On 14 October 2016, Ethos Institute for Public Christianity conducted a closed-door meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Minister Tan Chuan-Jin on terrorism and national security. About 180 key clergy and leaders from the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant churches attended the meeting. In attendance were also leaders from major Christian organisations and principals of Bible colleges and seminaries.


(L-R) Rev Ezekiel Tan, Bp Rennis Ponniah, DPM Teo Chee Hean, Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, Bp Rev Dr Wee Boon Hup, Rev Dr Ngoei Foong Nghian, Bp Terry Kee, Dr Roland Chia


A Statement on Legalizing Online Gambling by The National Council of Churches Singapore

The NCCS has released a statement on legalizing online gambling on 5 Oct 2016.
Click to read here



CREDO: Bible + Apologetics + Doctrine

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

Taking Doctrine Seriously
by Dr Roland Chia

In the past three decades, a number of Christian writers and theologians have registered their alarm over the worrying decline in doctrinal literacy among Christians today. Theologians such as Alister McGrath and David Wells and historians like Mark Noll have written anxiously about this disturbing erosion of theological astuteness.

The early evangelicals, like the Reformers of the sixteenth century, were profoundly concerned that the theology of the Church is firmly established in authority of the Bible. Although they acknowledged that there are cultural, historical and political aspects to the Reformation that must never be dismissed or trivialised, they nonetheless correctly insist that it was primarily about doctrine and theology.

But today’s evangelical churches that trace their roots to Luther, Calvin and Wesley have not taken seriously enough the Reformers’ emphasis on doctrinal and theological rigour and clarity.

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Are we fully living up to our public responsibilities?
by Dr Robert Banks

This year marks the 50th anniversary of two landmark books in English by the provocative French Christian thinker Jacques Ellul. His profound analysis of the underlying social and spiritual forces shaping our age in The Technological Society and Propaganda were widely respected outside as well as inside religious circles.

            After becoming a Professor of Law and Institutions, he developed a wide-ranging critique of society and culture based on sociological and theological perspectives. Ellul's insights into the way our preoccupation with technical solutions and new technologies would increasingly supplant other forms of problem-solving and relating, and of the extent the media and propaganda would increasingly influence all kinds of communication, were breathtakingly farsighted.

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Secular Intolerance
by Dr Roland Chia

In November last year, The Straits Times reported that, according to Attorney-General George Brandis, Australia is experiencing an “alarming emergence” of religious intolerance. “Members of the Christians faiths”, Australia’s top law officer reportedly said, “are routinely subject to mockery and insult by prominent writers and commentators” (ST, 4 Nov 2015).

To be sure, Australia is not the only country to witness the surge in public attacks on religion by atheists. This phenomenon is seen across Europe and even in America, making plain what Christian theologians have known to be true all along – that secular tolerance is a myth.

Atheists and secular humanists have for a long time demonised religion, blaming it for intolerance and violence, and held up secularism as the bastion of tolerance and freedom. As British journalist Matthew Parris has so provocatively and unabashedly put it, “Godlessness is a humanising force”.

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Upcoming Events

  • 17 Feb 2017 - ETHOS Engagement Series Public Lecture: 'Kindness: A Moral Argument for the Existence of God'
    by Dr William Wan
    Venue: Bible House Level 4 Seminar Room 
    Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm
  • 21 March 2017 - The ETHOS Conversation 2017 with Minister Chan Chun Seng and
    Dr Mathew Mathews
    Venue: Bible House Level 5
    Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm
    More details coming. 

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ETHOS Conference 2016: Human Sexuality, Marriage and The Church
and more sessions of the Conference are available at videos under RESOURCES.