Dr Roland Chia

Dr Roland ChiaDr Roland Chia is Chew Hock Hin Professor at Trinity Theological College (Singapore) and Theological and Research Advisor of the Ethos Institute for Public Christianity. He graduated with a PhD in Theology from King’s College, University of London, in 1994 and started teaching at Trinity Theological College in 1995 as an adjunct lecturer before joining the college in 1997. Dr Chia has served as the Director of the Centre for the Development of Christian Ministry (renamed, EQUIP) and Dean of Postgraduate School. He also served as the editor of Church and Society and consulting editor of the Trinity Theological Journal.

Dr Chia has authored a number of books including Revelation and Theology: The Knowledge of God According to Balthasar and Barth (1999), The Ethics of Human Organ Trading (2007), The Right to Die? A Christian Response to Euthanasia (2009), Biomedical Ethics and the Church: An Introduction (2020), Hybrids, Cybrids and Chimeras: The Ethics of Interspecies Research (2011), Homosexuality: Questions and Answers (2014) and Hope for the World: A Christian Vision of the Last Things (2006; French translation, 2010; Arabic translation, 2012). Dr Chia has published essays on theology, the arts, culture, aesthetics, politics, science and religion and music in a number of journals including Scottish Journal of Theology, International Journal of Systematic Theology, Studia Liturgica, Transformation, Dialog, CGST Journal, Jian Dao, Epworth Review, Trinity Theological Journal and Church and Society. He has contributed articles to a number of dictionaries and encyclopaedias including Global Dictionary of Theology (2008), New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic (2016), Encyclopaedia of Global Bioethics (2016).

Dr Chia has participated in interfaith dialogues and collaborations, especially with the Muslim community in Singapore. In 2007, he gave a paper at the Building Bridges Seminar in Singapore chaired by Archbishop Rowan Williams. He has worked with the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS) on a few projects including a series of seminars on postmodernism. He has written papers on behalf of the National Council of Churches of Singapore on a variety of topics such as ‘Human Stem Cell Research’, Human-Animal Combinations’, ‘Neuroscience and Ethics’ and ‘The Ethics of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy’. He has also written op-ed articles for The Straits Times, including an article on ‘Multiculturalism in Singapore’ at the invitation of the United Nations. Dr Chia has spoken at conferences in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Bangalore, Taiwan, London, Oxford, Durham, Kansas City, and Mexico. He has also spoken at a number of UNESCO conferences on Bioethics, Human Rights and Social Justice.

Dr Chia is a member of the Global Network for Digital Theology, the Advisory Board for Lausanne Movement Workplace Ministry and the National Transplant Ethics Committee (where he has served since 2008).