Dr Roland Chia is Chew Hock Hin Professor of Christian Doctrine at Trinity Theological College in Singapore. He graduated with a PhD in Theology from King’s College, University of London, in 1994. In his nearly 20 years with the College, Dr Chia has served as the Director for the Centre for the Development of Christian Ministry and Dean of the Postgraduate School. He has also served as consulting editor of the Trinity Theological Journal and Church and Society, which he founded in 1997. He is a member of the National Transplant Ethics Committee in Singapore that evaluates living organ donations.
Dr Chia has participated in a number of interfaith collaborations, especially with the Muslim community in Singapore. In 2005, he jointly organised a conference on public morality with the Association of Muslim Professionals. 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 number of projects, including the series of seminars on Postmodernism. He has participated in a number of Science and Religion conferences organised by the Templeton Foundation. Dr Chia has delivered lectures and presented papers in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Bangalore, Taiwan, India, London, Kansas City, and Oxford.
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, Dialog, Studia Liturgica, Transformation, Trinity Theological Journal, Church and Society in Asia, Epworth Review, CGST Journal and Jian Dao. He currently serves as the consulting editor of Culural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture. Dr Chia has also authored a number of books including, Revelation and Theology: The Knowledge of God According to Balthasar and Barth (1999), Beyond Determinism and Reductionism: Genetic Science and the Person (Edited, 2003), The Ethics of Human Organ Trading (2007), The Right to Die? A Christian Response to Euthanasia (2009), Biomedical Ethics and the Church: An Introduction (2010), 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 written numerous official papers on behalf of the National Council of Churches of Singapore on a variety of topics including ‘Human Stem Cell Research’, ‘Human Tissue Research’, ‘Research Involving Human Subjects’, ‘Genetic Testing and Genetic Research’, ‘Personal Information and Biomedical Research’, ‘Donation of Human Eggs for Research’, ‘Humans-Animal Combinations’, ‘Response to the Revision of Children’s Bill’ and ‘Neuroscience’. He has represented the Council in numerous dialogue sessions with government bodies like the Bioethics Advisory Committee. In addition, Dr Chia has also written a number of the Council’s statements on its behalf including ‘Human Organ Sale’, ‘Euthanasia’, ‘Social Egg Freezing’ and ‘Homosexuality’. Dr Chia has written a couple of op-ed articles for The Straits Times for the Council. At the invitation of the United Nations, he wrote an article on ‘Multiculturalism in Singapore’ for The Straits Times.
Dr Chia is a member of the panel of Global Experts of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations. He is currently serving as a consulting editor of the multi-volume Encyclopaedia of Global Bioethics (to be published by Springer). He also speaks at the UNESCO Conferences on Bioethics, Human Rights and Social Justice.
Dr Chia is a lay theologian with the Methodist Church of Singapore. He speaks regularly at churches across the denominations in Singapore. He has also conducted seminars and delivered talks in churches in Malaysia, Indonesia and India. He has been contributing a monthly article to the Methodist Message since 1998.