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The Andrew S. Burgess Lectures in Global Mission

Jan. 25, 2018, 4 p.m.
Olson Campus Center, Chapel of the Incarnation

Religious Encounters along Chinese and Indian Silk Roads: Reflections on the Spiritual and Inter-Religious Issues in Christian Missions

One of the most formative contexts for the emergence of Christian apologetics was the Old Silk Road between Venice and X’ian via Central Asia, a route that dates from Roman times to the 17th century. Here, traders from Christian, Buddhist, and Islamic backgrounds encountered each other and exchanged ideas, which resulted in the development of new theological and cultural paradigms. In this engaging lecture, Choong will bring together his interdisciplinary approach to apologetics using the Old Silk Road as a springboard for putting history, cognitive neuroscience, human origins, inter-religious engagement, and theology in conversation with one another. The result will be insights into Choong’s spiritual quest for God’s presence in the world by detecting the fingerprints of God in the beauty and abundance of created nature.

Ron Choong, lecturer
Ron Choong, Ph.D.

Dr. Ron Choong is the founder and director of the Academy for Christian Thought in New York. He is into his 25th year of an evolving research project which seeks to build a global narrative of humanity, its origins, migrations, development of language, moral thought, religious ideologies, as well as scientific discoveries and technological innovations that led to medical advances.

The Andrew S. Burgess Lectures in Global Mission

Through these lectures, the task of global mission today is interpreted in the light of the Christian tradition, the historical experience of the church, and the contemporary situation in the world.

The Andrew S. Burgess Lecture in Global Mission was inaugurated in 1991 in an ongoing effort to introduce leading scholars in global mission to the Luther Seminary community. The Burgess Lecture is made possible by a fund established in honor of the life and work of Andrew S. Burgess, former missionary, missionary executive, and professor of missions at Luther Seminary.