Project Augustine


A book club investigating topics in systematic theology, church history, philosophy, biblical studies, and science.

Past Events

May 13th - Berean #8 - Christotelism and the Gospels

(Registration Closed) 

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

ACT HQ     

Sep 10th - L5. Missions to the Ends of the Earth - The Silk Road


In 431, the 3rd Council of the Church led to great disagreement so that by the end of the 5th century, there were essentially 3 traditions of Christianity:

  1. European Christianity based on Latin.
  2. African Christianity based on Coptic.
  3. Asian Christianity based on Syriac.

This lecture will outline how Christians from Persia led missions that reached China in 635 AD. In 1625, physical evidence of this was first discovered in Xian, China. Subsequently, more documents were found in Dunhuang, Gansu province and in the mighty Taklamakan desert of Xinjiang province.

How does this very early strand of Eastern Christianity that had little to do with Rome help us think about the early history of the faith.



Oct 22nd - L6. The Greco-Roman World & the Bible


Jesus conducted his ministry as a Jew in Galilee and Judea. These areas were influenced by the trade, culture, and political structures of the larger Greco-Roman world.

The cities of Sepphoris and Tiberias played a major role in spreading Greco-Roman influence in Galilee. Herod Antipas, the Roman client-king of Galilee during Jesus’ time, established them. He honored his boss, the Roman emperor, by renaming Sepphoris as “Autocratoris,” a Greek form of the Latin imperial designation “Imperator.” Herod also named Tiberias after the emperor Tiberius.

Roman cities exhibited and promoted features of Greco-Roman culture—architecture, teachers and philosophers, roads and bathhouses, temples and markets, and entertainment such as the Roman theater at Sepphoris. Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown, was about four miles from Sepphoris.

How might Greco-Roman culture have influenced Jesus, Peter, James, John and Paul? Some have seen connections between Jesus’ actions, such as his working of miracles, and the broader culture, which included other miracle workers. There were certainly Jewish miracle workers, both in older biblical Jewish traditions (Elijah and Elisha) and in first-century Jewish traditions (Honi the circle drawer; Hanina ben Dosa). But there were also numerous miracle workers in the Greco-Roman world—healers and exorcists like Apollonius of Tyana. As with stories about Jesus, accounts show Apollonius raising people from the dead and demons crying out in his presence.

We shall dip into this amazing period in history to better understand the Bible.

This lecture is free but please register:    

Oct 22nd - M3. Biblical Tour of the Greco-Roman Galleries

$20 + museum admission

On this inaugural tour, Dr Choong will share his thoughts on the main influences of Hellenic, Hellenistic and Roman cultures on the writing of the Bible with specific references to artifacts in these immense galleries.

Three themes of Greek Religious Thought:

1. LIFE & SUFFERING: Creation accounts and the healing arts.

2. DEATH & THE AFTERLIFE: Moral cognition and preparation for the next life.

3. RELIEF & BELIEF: Emergence of religion and belief in the resurrection.

Dec 3 - L7. The Roman World & the Bible

This lecture will focus on how the Roman Empire influenced Jesus, the Apostles, Paul, and the writing of the New Testament.

Dec 3 - M4. Biblical Tour of the Roman Galleries

$20 + museum admission

We will investigate how the Roman culture influenced the writing of the Bible with specific references to artifacts in the Roman Art galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

We will focus on three themes of Roman religious thought:

1) LIFE & SUFFERING: Creation accounts and the healing arts

2) DEATH & THE AFTERLIFE: Moral cognition and preparation for the next life

3) RELIEF & BELIEF: Emergence of religion and belief in the resurrection.

Origin of Christian Beliefs

Oct 28, Nov 04, 11, Dec 02, 09 

10AM - 1PM

An interdisciplinary study of the events and insights that shaped the evolution of Christian beliefs that formed Church doctrines. 

In this first seminar consisting of five 3-hour sessions, we shall examine 5 of the 15 traditional Christian doctrines and trace their historical, philosophical and theological roots as the Church responds to new knowledge from scientific discoveries, technological innovations and medical advances. 

 New York: $500 ($400 until Oct 01)

Online: $300 ($240 until Oct 01)

Register now and save with the 20% Early Bird Discount. After October 1, the cost will return to the normal $500/$300 fee