[Past Event] (ENG) Christian Perspectives on TCM

Workshop [Past Event] (ENG) Christian Perspectives on TCM
November 17 2019 | 12:00 AM (GMT+8)
19 November 2019

Christian Perspectives on TCM
Presented by St Andrew's Cathedral and BGST

This event will be conducted in English.

Date  19 Nov 2019
Time  7.30 pm - 9.00 pm
Venue  St Andrew's Cathedral - Prayer Halls
Speakers  Dr Diarra Boubacar, Dr Lai Pak Wah
Synopsis  Should Christians use Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

This question is commonly debated among Christians, particularly those living in Asia. Some object to TCM because they regard it as not 'medically proven'. Others reject it because of its supposed non-Christian roots. For many Chinese, however, TCM is based on the key pillars of Chinese philosophy. This, along with its usage over 2,000 years, means that TCM is often revered as an important part of Chinese cultural heritage. What is at stake is not only an alternative source of medicine, but how Christians should relate to their cultural traditions. Join us, as we examine the theological and inter-disciplinary principles involved in evaluating Chinese medicine at both of these events.

In this workshop, participants will not only develop a deeper appreciation for TCM, but also acquire the skills needed for engaging Chinese culture in general. 

This event is free of charge. A love offering will be collected.

Location: St Andrew's Cathedral , 11 St Andrew's Road Singapore 178959
Lecturer : Diarra Boubacar

Dr Diarra Boubacar is a Mali African and the first foreigner to complete a PhD in Chinese Medicine in China. A senior consultant at Chengdu Xindu Chinese medical hospital, he also engages actively in teaching and research at hospitals and universities in Chengdu, Yunnan and Hunan. As an active philanthropist, Dr Diarra has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières, trained more than 1,000 village doctors, and organised projects to help alleviate rural poverty in Yunnan. For these efforts, he was awarded the Chinese Philanthropic Prize in 2܏012.

Lecturer : Lai Pak Wah


Dr Lai Pak Wah is lecturer of Church History and Historical Theology at BGST. A graduate from BGST (Grad Dip CS) & Regent College, Vancouver (MCS, ThM), Pak Wah completed his PhD at Durham University,where he specialised in Christianity in Late Antiquity (the history, theology and spirituality of the 2nd - 5th century church fathers, also known as Patristic Studies). Pak Wah has publicised articles and chapters on John Chrysostom’s preaching, soteriology and Trinitarian doctrine. He is also author of The Dao of Healing: Christian Perspectives of Chinese Medicine. Previously, Pak Wah was a full-time lecturer at the School of Business, Singapore Polytechnic, and engaged in investment promotion work with the Singapore Economic Development Board. 

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