Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Multi-religious Belongings: An Asian Evangelical Proposal

Brought to you by Singapore Bible College.

Date: 17 August 2009.

Time: 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Venue: Singapore Bible College.

Abstract:
Previously, some Christian theologies of non Christian religions have a tendency to treat non-Christian religions as tight, separate systems, but these theologies do not reflect the multi-religious realities in Asia whereby influences and cross fertilisation of religious beliefs are daily experiences. When identities are hyphenated, do we have theological models that reflect on these intersections of faiths? What is the relationship between the Christian gospel with past religious traditions of new converts from Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim backgrounds? Instead of a total rejection of past faiths, is it possible, without falling into syncretism, to promote both traditions resulting in possible new hyphenated religious identities, for example, a Christian-Buddhist identity?

Most studies on multi-religious belongings have tended to be undertaken from a Western and liberal academic perspective. The lecture explores disputed debates on multi-religious belongings and proposes a position of “universal access exclusivism” which enables one to sustain multi-religious identity without denying the uniqueness of Jesus Christ among world religions.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Tan Kang San serves as Head of Mission Studies at Redcliffe College, UK. Kang San completed his Doctor of Ministry in Missiology under Professors Harold Netland and Paul Hiebertiebert Hiebert at Trinity International University, USA. He is editor of Redcliffe Mission E-zine journal and the book The Soul of Mission, and had published over 30 articles in the area of Asian theology, Buddhism and theology of religion. Previously, Kang San worked with OMF International and currently is on the Board of Trustees with Church Mission Society (Britain). In addition, he is also a Consultant for World Evangelical Alliance on Interfaith issues, and a member of Lausanne Theological Advisory Group. He is married to Loun-Ling Lee and they have a 15 year old daughter, Chara.

Fee:
S$10 for general public; S$5 for SBC alumni; S$5 for SBC students (special rate of S$3 per person for those who register through thier respective class).
Ichthus members please bring along your membership card to enter without charges.

Registration:
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For students of Singapore Bible College, please register through your class representative. Class representative please return the registration formbefore 12 August 2009 for the group rate to be effective.

Payment:
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