Academy for Christian Thought - ACT

Academy for Christian Thought - ACT THINKING THINGS THROUGH...IN A THEOLOGICAL SAFE SPACE ACT is a non-profit organization based in New York City. We provide a climate of inquiry within a sanctuary of doubt that we call a theological safe-space (TSS) for people of good will to encounter the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Invite Christians to consider the reasons for and the implications of their belief and skeptics to consider what their reasonable objections are.

2. Address the challenges of the sciences and the religious pluralism. What is the role of the sciences in making sense of reality? What is Christianity's relationship to other religions and what can we learn from the wisdom of other faith traditions a

Invite Christians to consider the reasons for and the implications of their belief and skeptics to consider what their reasonable objections are.

2. Address the challenges of the sciences and the religious pluralism. What is the role of the sciences in making sense of reality? What is Christianity's relationship to other religions and what can we learn from the wisdom of other faith traditions a

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***Zoom Meet and Greet***Join me on Saturday, Dec 4 at 10am EST / 11pm Malaysian Time as I share my thoughts on a defini...
12/03/2021

***Zoom Meet and Greet***

Join me on Saturday, Dec 4 at 10am EST / 11pm Malaysian Time as I share my thoughts on a defining year amidst the adversities.
Date: December 4, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 10:30am (NY Time) / 11:00 - 11:30pm (Malaysia Time)

Click here to sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/216730555927
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2021 has been an interesting year for all of us. Despite the uncertainties, we marched on with our mission to deliver thoughtful content and published the World’s Oldest Bible book to enable our followers to renew their minds.In 2022, I shall move to one of the most fundamental questions we all ask – echoed by the Psalmist …

"What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man, that you care for him? You have made him little less than God and does crown him with glory and honor." - Psalm 8:4-5

What can you expect from us in 2022?
Our efforts will be focus on two topics which fits into the theme of what and who we are before God:
- Topic 1: Theological Anthropology (Man) – 3 perspectives on what makes us Human – philosophical, scientific & theological
- Topic 2: Post-mortem Human existence (Afterlife)

Look forward to books (see the beautiful cover!), podcasts, vlogs and much more. I’d love to hear what you think of the theme at the Zoom call.

***Zoom Meet and Greet***

Join me on Saturday, Dec 4 at 10am EST / 11pm Malaysian Time as I share my thoughts on a defining year amidst the adversities.
Date: December 4, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 10:30am (NY Time) / 11:00 - 11:30pm (Malaysia Time)

Click here to sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/216730555927
________________________________________________________

2021 has been an interesting year for all of us. Despite the uncertainties, we marched on with our mission to deliver thoughtful content and published the World’s Oldest Bible book to enable our followers to renew their minds.In 2022, I shall move to one of the most fundamental questions we all ask – echoed by the Psalmist …

"What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man, that you care for him? You have made him little less than God and does crown him with glory and honor." - Psalm 8:4-5

What can you expect from us in 2022?
Our efforts will be focus on two topics which fits into the theme of what and who we are before God:
- Topic 1: Theological Anthropology (Man) – 3 perspectives on what makes us Human – philosophical, scientific & theological
- Topic 2: Post-mortem Human existence (Afterlife)

Look forward to books (see the beautiful cover!), podcasts, vlogs and much more. I’d love to hear what you think of the theme at the Zoom call.

Dec 4: A Zoom Meet & Greet SessionA retrospective and plans for 2022Over the years, my studies have significantly increa...
11/27/2021

Dec 4: A Zoom Meet & Greet Session
A retrospective and plans for 2022

Over the years, my studies have significantly increased my faith. In the upcoming book, the 34 artifacts I selected from the Metropolitan Museum each tells a story about Christianity. With this volume, anyone living anywhere on Earth can have access to the wonderful knowledge that centuries of archaeology has provided. I will share more at the Zoom chat.

Date: December 4, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 10:30am (NY Time)
Venue: Join via Zoom

Sign up here for the Zoom Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/216730555927

In Christ’s name,
Ron Choong

Dec 4: A Zoom Meet & Greet Session
A retrospective and plans for 2022

Over the years, my studies have significantly increased my faith. In the upcoming book, the 34 artifacts I selected from the Metropolitan Museum each tells a story about Christianity. With this volume, anyone living anywhere on Earth can have access to the wonderful knowledge that centuries of archaeology has provided. I will share more at the Zoom chat.

Date: December 4, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 10:30am (NY Time)
Venue: Join via Zoom

Sign up here for the Zoom Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/216730555927

In Christ’s name,
Ron Choong

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in America. To everyone else, greetings at a time when we think of family and friends, ...
11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in America. To everyone else, greetings at a time when we think of family and friends, many of whom we have been unable to be with. I want to begin with heartfelt thanks for your faithful support all these years.

I want to share what I have been up to for the past 5 years, adjusting to changing circumstances and ministry opportunities, summarized in this infograph.

If you have in some way been blessed by this ministry, would you consider a one-time donation or commit to a monthly contribution and be our financial partner to help us in our mission to conduct research, to educate and to publish?

Donate here: https://actministry.org/donate

In Christ’s name,
Ron Choong

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in America. To everyone else, greetings at a time when we think of family and friends, many of whom we have been unable to be with. I want to begin with heartfelt thanks for your faithful support all these years.

I want to share what I have been up to for the past 5 years, adjusting to changing circumstances and ministry opportunities, summarized in this infograph.

If you have in some way been blessed by this ministry, would you consider a one-time donation or commit to a monthly contribution and be our financial partner to help us in our mission to conduct research, to educate and to publish?

Donate here: https://actministry.org/donate

In Christ’s name,
Ron Choong

INVEST IN OUR FUTURE AT ACTIf you are reading this, you care deeply about God. The beliefs we hold about God have real c...
11/10/2021
ACT Promo 2021

INVEST IN OUR FUTURE AT ACT

If you are reading this, you care deeply about God. The beliefs we hold about God have real consequences for our lives. The stakes are high because such beliefs often determine the most important decisions: whom we marry, how we use our time and money, and how we relate to those who are not like us. At ACT, beliefs are scrutinized not to defeat them but to discover if we should bet our lives on them.

To this end, I have dedicated the better part of my life and continue to do so. The Bible has been a central part of this journey. Your friendship and questions have also been part of my journey.

My goals at ACT to execute this mission are: research, education, and publication.

To support these goals, I learn, teach and write. I conduct field expeditions, participate in archaeological excavations, teach seminars, give radio interviews, lead museum tours in relation to the Bible. etc. Through these efforts, the highest levels of interdisciplinary biblical scholarship have been made available for people like you.

Covid-19 has been a game changer for ACT. Positively, Zoom and social media allowed me to reach a wider geographical footprint with no time-zone constraints. However, it has significantly affected our funding, which has in turn constrained our ability to keep up with new opportunities. This seriously impacted our mission to produce lasting resources for future generations.

This is where you can help. If you have in some way been blessed by this ministry, would you consider a one-time donation or commit to a monthly contribution and be our financial partner?

Click here to donate: https://actministry.org/donate

Or, make checks payable to "ACT" and send to Academy for Christian Thought, Box 3230, Church St. Station, New York, NY 10008,

To transfer funds using Wise online fund transfer, email [email protected] for banking details.

In Christ’s name,
Ron Choong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwuL4c0XubU

Testimonies from Friends of ACT, tutors, volunteers and students.Dr. Ron Choong’s ministry offers a rare glimpse into the nature of God that comes through th...

Renew Your Mind Conversations - Episode 3: Science & the BibleRenew Your Mind is an initiative of the Academy for Christ...
10/07/2021
Renew Your Mind Ep.3 Science & the Bible with Ron Choong + André Ong 2021

Renew Your Mind Conversations - Episode 3: Science & the Bible

Renew Your Mind is an initiative of the Academy for Christian Thought to think things through in a Theological Safe Space. I will engage in conversations with friends who share my vision of being transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). Inspired by both the scientific revelation of creation in nature and the insights of spiritual writings through the ages, I seek to expose theological and cultural cobwebs that accrue over the ages so that we may purify our faith in God. I seek to cherish and love God simply because God is God, with no expectations of personal privileges and benefits.

The first guest featured Dr André Ong of Bethel University. The conversation was based on my latest book “World’s Oldest Bible: Science and the Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls” (2021) and how we grapple with the issues raised in the book.

In this segment, learn how scientific technologies enrich theology and our interpretation of the Bible and why sacred texts remain relevant in the scientific age. The discussion includes how advances in optics, circumnavigation, paleoanthropology, genetics and the effect of Covid 19 prompt us to revise our assumptions about God inherited from earlier witnesses. Learn about the reliance of supernatural claims on natural realities, and how to understand miracles in the world of particle physics. Finally consider the dictum, Faith Seeking Understanding: having doubts and asking inconvenient questions are not signs of a weak faith but rather, elements of a growing faith. The 3 Qs&As concern Islamic history and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the limits of origin questions in the sciences as they enter the world of philosophy and theology, as well as whether Jesus was buried in Kashmir as some Muslims believe.

https://youtu.be/JyxYBBi2j9s

Link to buy the book: https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/actlulu

Renew Your Mind (RYM) is an initiative of the Academy for Christian Thought to think things through in a Theological Safe Space. Each session will feature Dr...

POLITICS & THE BIBLECheck out episode 2 of Renew Your Mind (RYM). RYM is an initiative of the ACT to think things throug...
09/23/2021
Renew Your Mind Ep.2 Politics and the Bible with Ron Choong + André Ong

POLITICS & THE BIBLE

Check out episode 2 of Renew Your Mind (RYM). RYM is an initiative of the ACT to think things through in a Theological Safe Space. Dr Ron Choong will engage in conversations with friends who share his vision of being transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2).

In this episode featuring Dr André Ong of Bethel University, you will learn about how politics and religion have always thrived together, how 3 non-Jewish kings from Persia, Egypt and Rome were instrumental in the writing down of what we now call the Bible, and why, whatever the text, interpretation defines authority. Writing was considered a magical source of political power when it weaponizes religion. Ancient kings and emperors wanted the power of religious writing on their side. Finally, for the most important library of literature in human history, interpretation of the Bible defines its authority.

Next learn why science is internal and intrinsic to the Christian faith and the Bible. 16th century Christians sought to recover Adam’s perfect knowledge to alleviate human suffering. Finally, reflect on the two faith assumptions needed to make science work and how religion enriches the scientific enterprise.

https://youtu.be/mAAea16vaLI

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you don't miss out on future episodes: https://www.youtube.com/c/AcademyforChristianThought

Renew Your Mind (RYM) is an initiative of the Academy for Christian Thought to think things through in a Theological Safe Space. Each session will feature Dr...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d46O0-ViFLoOn Sept 4th, we launched the inaugural episode of the Renew Your Mind (RYM) s...
09/10/2021
Renew Your Mind 1a The Dead Sea Scrolls & Today's Bible with Ron Choong + André Ong 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d46O0-ViFLo

On Sept 4th, we launched the inaugural episode of the Renew Your Mind (RYM) series on our YouTube channel.

Renew Your Mind (RYM) is an initiative of the Academy for Christian Thought to think things through in a Theological Safe Space. Each session will feature Dr Ron Choong, a theologian of science and investigative field scholar of civilizations, as he engages in conversations with friends who share his vision of being transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). Inspired by both the scientific revelation of creation in nature and the insights of spiritual of religious writings through the ages, Ron is on a spiritual quest to expose theological and cultural cobwebs that accrue over the ages so that we may purify our faith in God. He seeks to cherish and love God simply because God is God, with no expectations of personal privileges and benefits.

This inaugural RYM conversation is based on Ron's book “World’s Oldest Bible: Science and the Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls” (2021). It features Dr André Ong of Bethel University as they grapple with the issues raised in the book. Ron and André, born in Malaysia and Singapore respectively, live in New York City and San Diego, where they invite both believers and skeptics to think things through on matters of faith, history and science. This conversation is an invitation to non-scholars of the Bible and theology to join an informal chat about things that ought to matter – including the implications of particle physics and genetics to Christian doctrines of belief.

In this segment, learn why the Dead Sea Scrolls form the oldest Bible and why the New Testament was canonized before the Old Testament. The conversation reflects on how the Bible might look like if written today, in the scientific age of the 21st century. Ron mentioned what surprising discoveries he made while writing a book on a topic he has been studying and thinking about for over 24 years, and André talked about what it means when a sacred text became official 300 years after Jesus was crucified.

Buy the “World’s Oldest Bible” book https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/actlulu
Watch the Author Spotlight at https://youtu.be/-x_-aynlw7w
Learn about ACT at https://actministry.org

Renew Your Mind (RYM) is an initiative of the Academy for Christian Thought to think things through in a Theological Safe Space. Each session will feature Dr...

CONVERSATION WITH DR ANDRÈ ONG by Dr Ron ChoongWhen: Saturday, Sept 4 at 8pm ET (Sept 5 at 8am SG/MY time)We are beginni...
08/28/2021

CONVERSATION WITH DR ANDRÈ ONG by Dr Ron Choong

When: Saturday, Sept 4 at 8pm ET (Sept 5 at 8am SG/MY time)

We are beginning a series of conversations called Renew Your Mind with individuals who share our mission to think things through in our spiritual journey.

Join Dr. Ron Choong in our first show with his close friend, associate and fellow confessional theologian who founded International Christian Church of San Diego for a candid conversation. Dr. André Ong is a professor of theology and ethics at Bethel University, MN, as well as professor and board chair at Pacific Theological Seminary in San Diego, CA.

André was born in Singapore but spent much time on the island of Penang, Malaysia. One of the most well-rounded scholars Ron knows, and a fellow foodie, his PhD was on the anthropology of Pope John Paul II. André is an author and has also written articles in several publications.

We will discuss some of the issues raised in our recent book, World's Oldest Bible: Science and the Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the fruit of data collection and reflections over a 6 year period, although my Ron's encounter with the DSS date back 24 years to 1997.

Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85941500706?pwd=dXhSa0NRK1ozM2RwOFRNSHFiYTVzdz09

Link to buy the book: https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/actlulu

CONVERSATION WITH DR ANDRÈ ONG by Dr Ron Choong

When: Saturday, Sept 4 at 8pm ET (Sept 5 at 8am SG/MY time)

We are beginning a series of conversations called Renew Your Mind with individuals who share our mission to think things through in our spiritual journey.

Join Dr. Ron Choong in our first show with his close friend, associate and fellow confessional theologian who founded International Christian Church of San Diego for a candid conversation. Dr. André Ong is a professor of theology and ethics at Bethel University, MN, as well as professor and board chair at Pacific Theological Seminary in San Diego, CA.

André was born in Singapore but spent much time on the island of Penang, Malaysia. One of the most well-rounded scholars Ron knows, and a fellow foodie, his PhD was on the anthropology of Pope John Paul II. André is an author and has also written articles in several publications.

We will discuss some of the issues raised in our recent book, World's Oldest Bible: Science and the Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the fruit of data collection and reflections over a 6 year period, although my Ron's encounter with the DSS date back 24 years to 1997.

Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85941500706?pwd=dXhSa0NRK1ozM2RwOFRNSHFiYTVzdz09

Link to buy the book: https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/actlulu

Conversation with Professor Dr. André Ong, San DiegoWe will be hosting conversation between Dr. Ron Choong and Dr. André...
08/26/2021

Conversation with Professor Dr. André Ong, San Diego

We will be hosting conversation between Dr. Ron Choong and Dr. André Ong about the World's Oldest Bible: Science and the Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and much more.

Dr. André Ong is a professor of theology and ethics at Bethel University, MN, as well as professor and board chair at Pacific Theological Seminary in San Diego, CA.
He is also founding pastor of International Christian Church of San Diego. André is an author and has also written articles in several publications. Join us via Zoom.

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WORLD’S OLDEST BIBLE-SCIENCE & THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS (color/8.25”X11”) https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/actlulu

Interview: Author Spotlight - WORLD’S OLDEST BIBLE (29 min) here or https://youtu.be/-x_-aynlw7w

ACT YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/AcademyForChristianThought

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The Contents of the Book

1. DISCOVERY & RECOVERY

2. CONTENTS: What’s in the Dead Sea Scrolls Library?

3. ARCHAEOLOGY & the DSS: Identifying, Dating & Editing
3.1 Khirbet Qumran, the Qumran Caves & the Essenes
3.2 Identifying
3.3 Dating
3.4 Editing

4. GEOHISTORY: Second Temple Period
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Persian, Hellenistic Greek, Maccabean, Hasmonean & Roman Palestine
4.3 Post Second Temple Period
4.4 Under the Influence

5. SOURCES: The Modern Bible
5.1 The Original Bible
5.2 Jesus’ Bible
5.3 God’s Message via Man’s Media

6. TEXTS: Economics, Politics, Interpretation and Authority
6.1 Politics and the Bible
6.2 EPR and GGG, the Tripartite Authority of Privileged Access
6.3 Biblical Textual Criticism & Vorlage
6.4 Interpretation Defines Authority
6.5 Authoritative but not Inerrant

7. BELIEFS: Qumran & the Jesus Movement
7.1 The Horoscopic Teaching of the Two Spirits
7.2 Volitionism, Fatalism, Determinism & Predestination
7.3 The Holy Spirit
7.4 Double Predestination
7.5 Similarities
7.6 Differences

8. IMPLICATIONS: For Christianity and the Bible
8.1 The DSS’ Significance for Christianity
8.2 From Abram to Jesus
8.3 Jesus’ Jewish Gospel
8.4 From the Jesus Movement to Christianity
8.5 Timeline of Pre-DSS Bibles
8.6 Conundrum of Textual Variations

9. SCIENCE & THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS: From Stories to Scriptures
9.1 From Sacred Texts to Spiritual Authority
9.2 Paul & the Jesus Movement
9.3 Authorization of Scripture
9.4 Science, Signs & Scriptures

10. SCIENCE & GOD’s REVELATION: Retold, Reinterpreted & Rewritten
10.1 Retelling God’s Revelation
10.2 Reinterpreting God’s Revelation
10.3 Rewriting God’s Revelation

APPENDIX A: Eight Witnesses to the Dead Sea Scrolls
APPENDIX B: Rewritten Hebrew Bible Texts
APPENDIX C: Modern Changes to the Old Testament
APPENDIX D: Discoveries in The Judean Desert (DJD)
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Date: Saturday, Sept 4, 2021
Time: 8pm EDT (Sunday, Sept 5 at 8am Malaysia Time)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85941500706?pwd=dXhSa0NRK1ozM2RwOFRNSHFiYTVzdz09

Meeting ID: 859 4150 0706
Passcode: 614286

Conversation with Professor Dr. André Ong, San Diego

We will be hosting conversation between Dr. Ron Choong and Dr. André Ong about the World's Oldest Bible: Science and the Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and much more.

Dr. André Ong is a professor of theology and ethics at Bethel University, MN, as well as professor and board chair at Pacific Theological Seminary in San Diego, CA.
He is also founding pastor of International Christian Church of San Diego. André is an author and has also written articles in several publications. Join us via Zoom.

*****************************

WORLD’S OLDEST BIBLE-SCIENCE & THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS (color/8.25”X11”) https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/actlulu

Interview: Author Spotlight - WORLD’S OLDEST BIBLE (29 min) here or https://youtu.be/-x_-aynlw7w

ACT YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/AcademyForChristianThought

*****************************

The Contents of the Book

1. DISCOVERY & RECOVERY

2. CONTENTS: What’s in the Dead Sea Scrolls Library?

3. ARCHAEOLOGY & the DSS: Identifying, Dating & Editing
3.1 Khirbet Qumran, the Qumran Caves & the Essenes
3.2 Identifying
3.3 Dating
3.4 Editing

4. GEOHISTORY: Second Temple Period
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Persian, Hellenistic Greek, Maccabean, Hasmonean & Roman Palestine
4.3 Post Second Temple Period
4.4 Under the Influence

5. SOURCES: The Modern Bible
5.1 The Original Bible
5.2 Jesus’ Bible
5.3 God’s Message via Man’s Media

6. TEXTS: Economics, Politics, Interpretation and Authority
6.1 Politics and the Bible
6.2 EPR and GGG, the Tripartite Authority of Privileged Access
6.3 Biblical Textual Criticism & Vorlage
6.4 Interpretation Defines Authority
6.5 Authoritative but not Inerrant

7. BELIEFS: Qumran & the Jesus Movement
7.1 The Horoscopic Teaching of the Two Spirits
7.2 Volitionism, Fatalism, Determinism & Predestination
7.3 The Holy Spirit
7.4 Double Predestination
7.5 Similarities
7.6 Differences

8. IMPLICATIONS: For Christianity and the Bible
8.1 The DSS’ Significance for Christianity
8.2 From Abram to Jesus
8.3 Jesus’ Jewish Gospel
8.4 From the Jesus Movement to Christianity
8.5 Timeline of Pre-DSS Bibles
8.6 Conundrum of Textual Variations

9. SCIENCE & THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS: From Stories to Scriptures
9.1 From Sacred Texts to Spiritual Authority
9.2 Paul & the Jesus Movement
9.3 Authorization of Scripture
9.4 Science, Signs & Scriptures

10. SCIENCE & GOD’s REVELATION: Retold, Reinterpreted & Rewritten
10.1 Retelling God’s Revelation
10.2 Reinterpreting God’s Revelation
10.3 Rewriting God’s Revelation

APPENDIX A: Eight Witnesses to the Dead Sea Scrolls
APPENDIX B: Rewritten Hebrew Bible Texts
APPENDIX C: Modern Changes to the Old Testament
APPENDIX D: Discoveries in The Judean Desert (DJD)
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Date: Saturday, Sept 4, 2021
Time: 8pm EDT (Sunday, Sept 5 at 8am Malaysia Time)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85941500706?pwd=dXhSa0NRK1ozM2RwOFRNSHFiYTVzdz09

Meeting ID: 859 4150 0706
Passcode: 614286

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***Zoom Meet and Greet*** Join me on Saturday, Dec 4 at 10am EST / 11pm Malaysian Time as I share my thoughts on a defining year amidst the adversities. Date: December 4, 2021 Time: 10:00 - 10:30am (NY Time) / 11:00 - 11:30pm (Malaysia Time) Click here to sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/216730555927 ________________________________________________________ 2021 has been an interesting year for all of us. Despite the uncertainties, we marched on with our mission to deliver thoughtful content and published the World’s Oldest Bible book to enable our followers to renew their minds.In 2022, I shall move to one of the most fundamental questions we all ask – echoed by the Psalmist … "What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man, that you care for him? You have made him little less than God and does crown him with glory and honor." - Psalm 8:4-5 What can you expect from us in 2022? Our efforts will be focus on two topics which fits into the theme of what and who we are before God: - Topic 1: Theological Anthropology (Man) – 3 perspectives on what makes us Human – philosophical, scientific & theological - Topic 2: Post-mortem Human existence (Afterlife) Look forward to books (see the beautiful cover!), podcasts, vlogs and much more. I’d love to hear what you think of the theme at the Zoom call.
Dec 4: A Zoom Meet & Greet Session A retrospective and plans for 2022 Over the years, my studies have significantly increased my faith. In the upcoming book, the 34 artifacts I selected from the Metropolitan Museum each tells a story about Christianity. With this volume, anyone living anywhere on Earth can have access to the wonderful knowledge that centuries of archaeology has provided. I will share more at the Zoom chat. Date: December 4, 2021 Time: 10:00 - 10:30am (NY Time) Venue: Join via Zoom Sign up here for the Zoom Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/216730555927 In Christ’s name, Ron Choong
Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in America. To everyone else, greetings at a time when we think of family and friends, many of whom we have been unable to be with. I want to begin with heartfelt thanks for your faithful support all these years. I want to share what I have been up to for the past 5 years, adjusting to changing circumstances and ministry opportunities, summarized in this infograph. If you have in some way been blessed by this ministry, would you consider a one-time donation or commit to a monthly contribution and be our financial partner to help us in our mission to conduct research, to educate and to publish? Donate here: https://actministry.org/donate In Christ’s name, Ron Choong
INVEST IN OUR FUTURE AT ACT If you are reading this, you care deeply about God. The beliefs we hold about God have real consequences for our lives. The stakes are high because such beliefs often determine the most important decisions: whom we marry, how we use our time and money, and how we relate to those who are not like us. At ACT, beliefs are scrutinized not to defeat them but to discover if we should bet our lives on them. To this end, I have dedicated the better part of my life and continue to do so. The Bible has been a central part of this journey. Your friendship and questions have also been part of my journey. My goals at ACT to execute this mission are: research, education, and publication. To support these goals, I learn, teach and write. I conduct field expeditions, participate in archaeological excavations, teach seminars, give radio interviews, lead museum tours in relation to the Bible. etc. Through these efforts, the highest levels of interdisciplinary biblical scholarship have been made available for people like you. Covid-19 has been a game changer for ACT. Positively, Zoom and social media allowed me to reach a wider geographical footprint with no time-zone constraints. However, it has significantly affected our funding, which has in turn constrained our ability to keep up with new opportunities. This seriously impacted our mission to produce lasting resources for future generations. This is where you can help. If you have in some way been blessed by this ministry, would you consider a one-time donation or commit to a monthly contribution and be our financial partner? Click here to donate: https://actministry.org/donate Or, make checks payable to "ACT" and send to Academy for Christian Thought, Box 3230, Church St. Station, New York, NY 10008, To transfer funds using Wise online fund transfer, email [email protected] for banking details. In Christ’s name, Ron Choong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwuL4c0XubU
Renew Your Mind Conversations - Episode 3: Science & the Bible Renew Your Mind is an initiative of the Academy for Christian Thought to think things through in a Theological Safe Space. I will engage in conversations with friends who share my vision of being transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). Inspired by both the scientific revelation of creation in nature and the insights of spiritual writings through the ages, I seek to expose theological and cultural cobwebs that accrue over the ages so that we may purify our faith in God. I seek to cherish and love God simply because God is God, with no expectations of personal privileges and benefits. The first guest featured Dr André Ong of Bethel University. The conversation was based on my latest book “World’s Oldest Bible: Science and the Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls” (2021) and how we grapple with the issues raised in the book. In this segment, learn how scientific technologies enrich theology and our interpretation of the Bible and why sacred texts remain relevant in the scientific age. The discussion includes how advances in optics, circumnavigation, paleoanthropology, genetics and the effect of Covid 19 prompt us to revise our assumptions about God inherited from earlier witnesses. Learn about the reliance of supernatural claims on natural realities, and how to understand miracles in the world of particle physics. Finally consider the dictum, Faith Seeking Understanding: having doubts and asking inconvenient questions are not signs of a weak faith but rather, elements of a growing faith. The 3 Qs&As concern Islamic history and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the limits of origin questions in the sciences as they enter the world of philosophy and theology, as well as whether Jesus was buried in Kashmir as some Muslims believe. https://youtu.be/JyxYBBi2j9s Link to buy the book: https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/actlulu
POLITICS & THE BIBLE Check out episode 2 of Renew Your Mind (RYM). RYM is an initiative of the ACT to think things through in a Theological Safe Space. Dr Ron Choong will engage in conversations with friends who share his vision of being transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). In this episode featuring Dr André Ong of Bethel University, you will learn about how politics and religion have always thrived together, how 3 non-Jewish kings from Persia, Egypt and Rome were instrumental in the writing down of what we now call the Bible, and why, whatever the text, interpretation defines authority. Writing was considered a magical source of political power when it weaponizes religion. Ancient kings and emperors wanted the power of religious writing on their side. Finally, for the most important library of literature in human history, interpretation of the Bible defines its authority. Next learn why science is internal and intrinsic to the Christian faith and the Bible. 16th century Christians sought to recover Adam’s perfect knowledge to alleviate human suffering. Finally, reflect on the two faith assumptions needed to make science work and how religion enriches the scientific enterprise. https://youtu.be/mAAea16vaLI Subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you don't miss out on future episodes: https://www.youtube.com/c/AcademyforChristianThought
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d46O0-ViFLo On Sept 4th, we launched the inaugural episode of the Renew Your Mind (RYM) series on our YouTube channel. Renew Your Mind (RYM) is an initiative of the Academy for Christian Thought to think things through in a Theological Safe Space. Each session will feature Dr Ron Choong, a theologian of science and investigative field scholar of civilizations, as he engages in conversations with friends who share his vision of being transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). Inspired by both the scientific revelation of creation in nature and the insights of spiritual of religious writings through the ages, Ron is on a spiritual quest to expose theological and cultural cobwebs that accrue over the ages so that we may purify our faith in God. He seeks to cherish and love God simply because God is God, with no expectations of personal privileges and benefits. This inaugural RYM conversation is based on Ron's book “World’s Oldest Bible: Science and the Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls” (2021). It features Dr André Ong of Bethel University as they grapple with the issues raised in the book. Ron and André, born in Malaysia and Singapore respectively, live in New York City and San Diego, where they invite both believers and skeptics to think things through on matters of faith, history and science. This conversation is an invitation to non-scholars of the Bible and theology to join an informal chat about things that ought to matter – including the implications of particle physics and genetics to Christian doctrines of belief. In this segment, learn why the Dead Sea Scrolls form the oldest Bible and why the New Testament was canonized before the Old Testament. The conversation reflects on how the Bible might look like if written today, in the scientific age of the 21st century. Ron mentioned what surprising discoveries he made while writing a book on a topic he has been studying and thinking about for over 24 years, and André talked about what it means when a sacred text became official 300 years after Jesus was crucified. Buy the “World’s Oldest Bible” book https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/actlulu Watch the Author Spotlight at https://youtu.be/-x_-aynlw7w Learn about ACT at https://actministry.org