Friday, October 30, 2009

Christians in the Public Square

3rd November 2009 (Tues, 8 pm - 9.30 pm @ Cathedral New Sanctuary)
Speaker: Prof. Roland Chia

Recently, the role of religion in the public square has received some attention by the media. Should Christians be involved in public debates and discourse for the common good of society? Most Christians in Singapore would emphasize the importance of evangelism, but is Christian engagement in social and political issues part of Christian witness.

This talk will attempt to answer some of these questions by looking at the Bible and Christian tradition. The talk will develop a theology of Christian witness in an ideologically and religiously plural society like Singapore. It will also see to delineate the 'rules' of such engagement in the context of a profound Christian theological realism. The following questions will be discussed:

  • What is the scope of the Christian's witness?
  • Is Christian witness itself a political activity?
  • What is the role of the Church (and Christians) in society?
  • Is there a place for compromise in Christian social engagement?

About the Speaker:
Prof. Roland Chia is Chew Hock Hin Professor of Christian Doctrine and Dean of the School of Postgraduate Studies at Trinity Theological College. He is author of numerous articles and books including, Hope for the World: A Christian Vision of the Last Things (2005) and The Right to Die? A Response to Euthanasia (2009).

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