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.


National Council of Churches of Singapore Statement

National Council of Churches’ Position Remains Unchanged: RETAIN 377A. Click here to read the response.

September 2018 Feature Article

Citizens of Heaven on Earth

By Rev Dr Edwin Tay

Recently, I became acquainted with the striking story of a 22 year old Singaporean while visiting a friend in San Francisco. At the age of 3, he relocated with his Singaporean parents to the United States. Being immersed in American life and culture, he grew up like any American would.

Life would have continued along the American path, if not for the letter he received from the Ministry of Defence fifteen years later, summoning him to enlist for national service.

What seemed striking to me was his subsequent response to the enlistment letter. Instead of perceiving national service as an inconvenient disruption to pursuits in “the land of opportunity” as some call America, he embraced it as an opportunity to deepen his roots. Taking his citizenship seriously, he discharged his responsibilities in the military with distinction and became an air warfare officer.

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September 2018 Credo

Grappling with our Christian and Asian Cultural Identities

By Dr Lai Pak Wah

Introduction

Should Christians participate in Chinese rites? Can we use Traditional Chinese Medicine or Ayurveda (Indian medicine)? Is it wrong for Christians to practise Yoga or Taiji Quan or other Asian martial arts? These are just some of the many questions that Asian Christians ask whenever they grapple with our two-fold identity as Christians and Asians.

These are not easy questions to answer, particularly when most Christians are more familiar with Western culture, science and theology, than with our own cultural heritage. How then should think about the relationship between our faith in Christ and the culture we are brought up in? While it is impossible to address these concerns exhaustively here, there are some theological principles we can work with to navigate these murky waters.

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September 2018 Pulse 

Non-optional Option

By Dr Roland Chia

In his book Dispatches From the Front, the Christian ethicist Stanley Hauerwas describes a commercial produced by the National Association for Retarded Citizens. The film begins with a couple standing in a dark room and looking into a crib, the contents of which are kept from sight.

Then the young mother looks up and into the camera and says, “Don’t let this happen to you. Our baby was born retarded. Our lives are crushed and we do not know where to run. Do not let this happen to you. Get prenatal counselling. Help us eliminate retardation.”

Whatever good intentions the Association may have in producing this commercial, it conveys the disturbing message that the best way to eliminate retardation is to terminate the retarded – an inevitable conclusion however we may choose to interpret the commercial.

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Every month the ETHOS Institute publishes five articles on a variety of topics on its website. These articles have attracted many readers who find them informative and engaging.

However, we realise that although our articles cover a wide range of subjects, some issues and themes may not have received the attention they deserve.

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Yours sincerely in Christ,

Dr Roland Chia
Theological and Research Advisor 
ETHOS Institute for Public Christianity 

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The article “Divine Genocide” is extremely helpful and insightful to aid me in my understanding regarding Joshua 's 'brutal' military actions against the Canaanites - in relation to the 'occasional' and 'general' command. Something I will share with my cell members tomorrow evening.

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Upcoming Events

  • 29 Sep 2018 - ETHOS Conference 2018: THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN SINGAPORE: Retrospect and Prospect
    Speakers: Principals of ACTS COLLEGE, BGST, BTS, DTC, EAST, SBC & TTC
    Venue: Bible House
    Time: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
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  • 24 Oct 2018 - ETHOS Annual Lecture 2018 - Some Thoughts on Being a Christian in an Age of Global Uncertainty
    Venue: Bible House
    Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm
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Featured Video

ETHOS Conference:
"Science and the Christian Faith" (Session 1, Part 1)
by Dr Brian Thomas

Part 2 and Sessions 2 and 3 of this lecture are available HERE.