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About This Course

Chinese culture is ubiquitous in the Asian context, and there is an increasing number of Chinese Christians in the world. However, this often leads to questions about the interaction between Chinese culture and the Christian faith, particularly concerning whether the various facets of Chinese culture—such as medicine, martial arts, and rituals—may be incompatible with Christianity. By careful examination of the history, philosophy, and practice of these aspects, Christians can become equipped to discern between helpful and unhelpful approaches to Chinese culture, and thereby become effective witnesses for the Gospel to Chinese friends and relatives as well.

* Guidebook included






4 hours

About The Author

Dr Lai Pak Wah

Lai Pak-Wah (PhD, Durham University, UK) is Principal and Lecturer of Church History and Historical Theology at the Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Singapore. He is the author of The Dao of Healing: Christian Perspectives of Chinese Medicine,* and was previously a full-time lecturer at the School of Business, Singapore Polytechnic, and engaged in investment promotion work with the Singapore Economic Development Board.

* See also his booklet A Christian Perspective on Chinese Medicine, available in English and Chinese.

Biblical Graduate School of Theology

BGST aims to bridge the gap between vocation and theology; we offer a thorough and systematic training programme for the whole people of God. This serves to help them live out their Christian faith in their vocations and be more effective in serving God, whether they are professionals in the workplace or Christian ministries.

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Course Curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Conceptualising Culture

    • What is Culture?

    • What does the Bible Teach about Culture?

  • 3

    Chinese Medicine

    • Can Christians Use Chinese Medicine?

    • History of Chinese Medicine

    • Philosophical Ideas of Chinese Medicine

    • Evaluating Chinese Medicine

  • 4

    Martial Arts

    • Martial Arts

    • Introducing Martial Arts

    • Evaluating Martial Arts

  • 5

    Chinese Festivals

    • Chinese Festivals

    • Evaluating Chinese Rituals

  • 6

    Chinese Funeral Rites

    • Why Do Funeral Rites Matter?

    • Filial Piety and Funeral Rites

  • 7

    Sharing Our Faith

    • Sharing Our Faith

  • 8

    Webinar: Can Christians practise Taiji Quan?

    • Webinar Link