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The establishment of the Asian Institute of Calvin Studies (AICS) was approved by the Synod of the Presbyterian Church in Singapore in March 2014 to promote the study of John Calvin's theology in Singapore and in the region. This would contribute to the strengthening of the reformed heritage among the churches in Asia.


  1. Training: For Presbyterian ministers, church leaders, and youth on the theology of John Calvin.
  2. Research: For Presbyterian ministers to do research on the theology of John Calvin, hermeneutics, homiletics, pastoral care, church management and others.


Board of Governors

To be established in future, for better planning, strategizing and supervision of this research institution set up by Presbyterian Church.


Trinity Theological College

The Institute offers graduate-level research programmes in partnership with Trinity Theological College (TTC), leading to the award of the MTh (Master of Theology) and DTh (Doctor of Theology) degrees by TTC.

Rev Dr Edwin Tay

Gereja Presbyterian Malaysia

The Institute would be setting up scholarship/bursary as financial aids to GPM students studying in Singapore.


1. Ministerial training
Postgraduate studies in five areas:

  • The theology of John Calvin
  • The pastoral ministry of John Calvin
  • The life of John Calvin
  • The spirituality of John Calvin
  • The biblical hermeneutics of John Calvin

2. Leadership training
Provides elders and deacons training program, to enhance the Presbyterian belief in the lay leaders on Presbyterian heritage and tradition.

3. Youth training
Youth leaders training program is to be organised by the Synod Youth Council. The aim is to lay the foundation of faith for the future generation and to facilitate the nurturing of church leaders.

AICS Public Lectures 2017
Updated on 14 Jun 2017

Date Time Venue Topic Speaker
12 July (Wed) 10:30am - 12:00pm The Jubilee Church 宗教改革运动灵修观之昔与今* 苏立忠牧师/博士
13 Sep (Wed) 10:30am - 12:00pm The Jubilee Church 加尔文与文艺复兴时期的人* 陈长安牧师
10 Oct (Tue) 3:00pm - 4:30pm Trinity Theological College A comparison of John Calvin's theology of baptism to Martin Luther Rev Dr Samuel Wang
* Chinese lecture @ CP co-workers meeting

AICS Publication: Occasional Paper Series

John Calvin on King Saul: A Quest of Faith

John Calvin's interpretation of the biblical narrative on King Saul illustrates his perspective on faith. What is faith? Is there only one kind of faith? How does faith lead to the salvation of man? If King Saul had faith, how is it that he fell out of favour with God? By reading several sections from The Institutes of Christian Religion, the author highlights the positive relationship between faith and salvation, according to Calvin's perspective. With a clear understanding of faith, it may help us in our ministry.

Rev Dr Bernard Koh Ming Huat is Senior Lecturer in the School of Theology Chinese at the TCA College in Singapore. He has been an editor at Tian Dao Publishing House, pastor at St. Andrew's Cathedral Mandarin Congregation, program manager at FEBA, and General Editor of the World-Wide Bible Society. He holds the following degrees: D.Min. (Leadership), M.Div. (Chinese Cultural Studies) and B.Th from the Alliance Bible Seminary (Hong Kong), and Diploma (Biblical Studies) from the University of Sheffield.

Calvin and Calvinism - Issues in the Development of Reformed Theology

This lecture explores the relationship between Calvin's theology and that of its subsequent development known as Calvinism in popular parlance. It begins with an account of the way in which the above relationship has been variously construed from its nineteenth century to its most recent twenty-first century interpreters. This is followed by two case studies that serve to illustrate the merits of the most recent interpretation ("the reappraisal") of the relationship between Calvin and Calvinism. The first case study focuses on the use of the scholastic method in the writings of the leading Puritan John Owen (1616-1683), while the second explores the debate among members of the Westminster Assembly on the extent of the atonement. The lecture concludes with some pointers on the contemporary relevance of the subject.

Rev Dr Edwin E.M. Tay is a Lecturer in Theology at Trinity Theological College and a Diaconal Minister in the Methodist Church of Singapore. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh (PhD), the University of London (MA), the Biblical Graduate School of Theology (MCS) and the National University of Singapore (BA), he has made significant contributions in the study of Puritan theology. Notably, he is the author of the book, The Priesthood of Christ: Atonement in the Theology of John Owen (1616-1683) by Paternoster Press and a contributor to the Ashgate Research Companion to John Owens's Theology.

Ordered Freedom under God's Providence - A Calvinistic Exploration

John Calvin is acknowledged to be one of the most influential but controversial figures in modern history. Some scholars depict him as an intolerant leader and a ruthless heresy hunter. Other scholars observe that his followers were the first self-disciplined agents of social and political reconstruction in an age of destructive revolutions.

What cannot be denied is that Calvin's theology represents a coherent system of life, and a comprehensive vision for cultural transformation and right ordering of society. In this regard, Calvin's theology of covenant and positive regard for creation orders offers a social vision of mutual accountability and institutional pluralism characterized with separation, but interdependence between religious and political institutions.

Finally, Calvin's theology of Christian freedom mediated by God's grace and ordered by God's providential care encourages and guides Christians to purposive and disciplined participation in a program for social sanctification, and building of social institutions to serve the welfare of one's neighbors.

Dr. Ng Kam Weng is a Research Director of Kairos Research Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His doctoral dissertation was published as From Christ to Social Practice: Christological Foundations for Social Practice in the Theologies of Albrecht Ritchl, Karl Barth and Jurgen Moltmann. He lectured on Theology, Ethics and Philosophy. He was a fellow at the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia (CSCA) at Trinity Theological College, and at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton.

John Calvin and Allegorical Interpretation


John Calvin has been touted as one of the finest interpreters of Scripture in the Protestant Reformation movement of the 16th century. Yet, when Calvin came into the hermeneutical scene, he found himself standing in the midst of a strong medieval tradition that practiced the fourfold interpretation of Scripture (the Quadriga). This interpretative approach is well summarised in a poem that is cited by the modern French Jesuit, Henri de Lubac: The letter teaches what happened, allegory what you should believe, the moral what you should do, anagogy to what you should aim.

Reacting against such a tradition, John Calvin rejects the traditional practice of "spiritual" exegesis, especially that of allegorical interpretation. He reserves his harshest comments for those who do "violence" to the literal meaning of the text. Yet, there are some who think that Calvin himself uses such methods in his exegetical works. Does he or does he not? This paper examines some key passages where Calvin could have adopted a non-literal approach to biblical interpretation, and explores the possibility that perhaps the great Reformer’s approach to interpreting Scripture is more than meets the eye.

Rev Dr Leonard Wee is New Testament lecturer at Trinity Theological College (TTC), and an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church in Singapore. He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Durham, researching on the use of the Narrative Summary in the epistles of Paul. He also holds degrees from the National University of Singapore (B.B.A.) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and was a pastor for ten years. He was recently the series editor for the Occasional Papers published by the Asian Institute of Calvin Studies.


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