Rev Associate Professor Sung Rual Choi

Rev Associate Professor Sung Rual Choi

Associate Professor of Theology; Korean Higher Degree Research Director

Sung Rual is a Korean Higher Degree Research Director and Lecturer in Theology and Church History of the Alphacrucis Korean Language Program. He is a member of the Research Committee, and a member of the Korean HDR Confirmation Committee of Korean Language Program. He served as a lecturer and member of the Research Committee at the Korean Department of Sydney College of Divinity and Wesley Institute. He is a member of the Korean Society of Systematic Theology and Korea Association of Christian Studies in Korea. He has written theological articles has been published in Korean Journal of Systematic Theology and Korea Association of Christian Studies.

Sung Rual attained his Doctor of Philosophy in Systematic Theology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa (“Union with Christ? Re-reading Calvin as Constructive Proposal for Korean Calvin Reception”). He received Full Scholarships (Merit Bursary) during his PhD research. He received the Theological Contribution Scholarships (Postgraduate Scholarship, the Hope Project, Promotion of Human Dignity) from Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University. He received a Masters Achievement Award (MTh) from the Wesley Institute.

Sung Rual is a supervisor in doctoral research programs such as PhD and DMin and is an external examiner of research thesis. He is an External Moderator at Theological Colleges. He published books called “A New and Effective Manual for Academic Writing and Research Method” and "Union with Christ: Re-reading Calvin in Korean-American Reformed Theology." He plans to publish books from a new perspective on “Christian Ethics” He loves lecturing and teaching in the areas of systematic theology, historical theology (ecclesiology), Christian ethics, research methodology, and Christian worldview.

Sung Rual is a member of the Theology and Society research cluster.

Qualifications

Ph.D. (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Dissertation Title Union with Christ? Re-reading Calvin as Constructive Proposal for Korean Calvin Reception 2015

MTh (Wesley Institute) 2010

BTh (Sydney College of Divinity) 2005

BTh (Wesley Institute) 2005

Cert IV TAE (Inspire Education) 2019

Cert IV TAE (Morley Training Centre) 2016

Current Research

John Calvin's Theology

"Únĭo cum Christo"

Christology

Reformed Theology 

Christian Ethics

Cross-Cultural Theology

"Union with the Triune God"

Books

  • 2023
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2023). Union with Christ: Re-reading Calvin in Korean-American Reformed Theology. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publisher. | External link | AC Link

Book Chapters

  • 2022
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2022). Church and Theology in the New Normal Era In Korean Society of Systematic Theology, The Essence of the Church from the Perspective of “Union with Christ” (Únĭo cum Christo): Focusing on the Analysis of John Calvin’s Institutes of Christianity” (pp. 111-132). Korean Society of Systematic Theology. | External link
  • 2021
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2021). Theology and the Church in the Post-COVID-19 Era In Korean Society of Systematic Theology, Theology Christology from the perspective of Calvin's Únĭo cum Christo Thought: Focusing on Interpretation of Incarnātio (pp. 43-58). Korean Society of Systematic Theology. | External link | AC Link
  • 2016
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2016). 57th Academic Conference of Korean Society of Systematic Theology In Choi, Sung Rual, Union with the Triune God Thought? Re-reading Calvin (pp. 1-15). Korean Society of Systematic Theology. | External link

Journal Articles

  • 2024
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2024). A Study on the Theological Connection between Christology and Calvin’s Union with Christ (Únio cum Christo): Focusing on Incarnation (Incarnātio) and Hypostatic Union (Únio Hypostática). Korea Association of Christian Studies, Vol. 131 133-166. | External link | AC Link
  • 2023
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2023). Christology at the Centre of Migration Theology: Focusing on the Doctrine of Incarnation and the Threefold Offices of Christ from the Perspective of John Calvin's Union with Christ Thought. Korean Journal of Systematic Theology, No. 71 181-217. | External link
  • 2022
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2022). A Study of Ecclesiology Interpretation from the Viewpoint of Calvin’s Union with Christ and Union with the Triune God: Focusing on the Institutes of the Christian Religion. Text and Context, Vol. 6 202-232. | AC Link
  • 2021
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2021). A Critical Study of Christ's Personality from the Perspective of Calvin’s Union with Christ and Union with the Triune God. Text and Context, Vol. 5 228-260. | AC Link
  • 2016
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2016). Re-reading Calvin's Theology: Through the Viewpoint of 'Union with Christ' Thought. Korean Journal of Systematic Theology, 45. | External link

Internal and External Grants

  • 2024
    • AC Conference Funding, $2000, AC
  • 2023
    • AC Conference Funding, $2000, AC
    • Korean Systematic Theologian Conference (Research Grant), $600, Korean Society of Systematic Theology
  • 2022
    • Korean Systematic Theologian Conference (Research Grant), $600, Korean Society of Systematic Theology
  • 2021
    • Korean Systematic Theologian Conference (Research Grant), $500, Korean Society of Systematic Theology
    • PhD Write Up Grant, $1500, AC Research Incentives Program
  • 2016
    • Korean Systematic Theologian Workshop (Research Grant), $500, Korean Society of Systematic Theology
  • 2015
    • Full Scholarships (Merit Bursary) of PhD Research, $10000, Stellenbosch University
    • The Hope Project Scholarships (Postgraduate Scholarship, Promotion of Human Dignity), $1000, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University

Presentations

  • 2023
    • Life and Science (2023), 18th National Conference of Korean Systematic Theologians, Sat Apr 22 2023,, Yonsei University Ruth Chapel, 22 Apr 2023
    • (with Prof. Barobon Kim) Providence and Christology at the Center of Migration Theology (2023), 18th Korean Society of Systematic Theologians Conference, Seoul, Korea, 22 Apr 2023
  • 2022
    • (with Prof. Sun-Kwon Kim) The Essence of the Church from the Perspective of “Union with Christ” (Únĭo cum Christo) (2022), 17th Korean Society of Systematic Theologians Conference, Seoul, Korea, 24 Sep 2022
  • 2021
    • (with Prof. Oh-Gab Lee) Christology from the Perspective of Calvin's Únĭo cum Christo Thought (2021), 16th Korean Society of Systematic Theologians Conference, Seoul, Korea, 11 Sep 2021
    • Research Methodology Seminar (2021), Research Methodology (Zoom Seminar), Auckland/New Zeland, 20 Apr 2021
    • Introduction of Systematic Theology (2021), Introduction of Systematic Theology (Intensive Course, Zoom Lecture), Auckland, New Zeland, 19 Apr 2021
  • 2020
    • Research Methodology Seminar (2020), Research Methodology (Zoom Seminar), Auckland/New Zeland, 15 Apr 2020
    • Introduction of Systematic Theology (2020), Introduction of Systematic Theology (Intensive Course, Zoom Lecture), Auckland, New Zeland, 14 Apr 2020
  • 2019
    • (with Prof. Hyung Yong Park) The Era of Changing and the Role of Theology - Interdisciplinary Convergence, Its Necessities and Directions (2019), Sydney, Autralia, 21 Feb 2019
  • 2016
    • Introduction of Systematic Theology (2016), Introduction of Systematic Theology (Intensive Course), Melbourne, Australia, 17 Jul 2016
    • Preaching (2016), Church preaching, Seoul, South Korea, 03 Jan 2016
    • A Research Presenter (2016), Korean Society of Systematic Theology’s Academic Seminar, Seoul, Korea, 01 Jan 2016
  • 2015
    • A Research Presenter (2015), PhD Candidates’ Academic Seminar, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 24 Apr 2015

Engagement Publications

Books

  • 2020
    • Choi, S.R.(2020). A New and Effective Manual for Academic Writing and Research Method. .

Popular Articles

  • 2019
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Worldview Seen through "Tears of Africa". Page 96., Vol.33, No.1566Page, 96.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). “The Lord of the Rings” and Biblical Values. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1564Page, 96.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Worldview Seen through the Perspective "Christ and Culture of H. Richard Niebuhr". The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1589Page, 83.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Worldview Seen through “Touch” Perspective of Tiffany Field. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1565Page, 96.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Patricia's Birthday and Biblical Values. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1567Page, 96.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Worldview Seen through the Perspective of Biblical Economic Ethics and the Love of Christ. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1590Page, 83.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Worldview Seen through Phil Pringle of C3 Church and the Perspective of Possession. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1600Page, 83.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Values Seen through the Perspective of the Camel Story and the “Man the Dwelling Place of God”. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1585Page, 96.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). "SKY Castle" and Prosperity Gospel. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1563Page, 96.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Worldview Seen through the Perspective of the "Stockdale Paradox". The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1583Page, 96.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). The Motivity Power of Love That Is Very Noble and Pure. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1562Page, 244.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Worldview Seen through the Perspectives of "the Philosophy of Mathematics of Ludwig Josef Johan Wittgenstein" and "Rethinking Christ and Culture: A Post-Christendom Perspective". The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1588Page, 83.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). A Christian Education Worldview Seen through the Oral-B Case. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1582Page, 96.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Worldview Seen through the Perspective of “Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham for Graduates” and “Imitatio Christi of Thomas a Kempis”. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1586Page, 83.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Values Seen through a Doping Scandal Case and "That Incredible Christian". The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1584Page, 96.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Worldview Seen through "The Four Loves of C. S. Lewis" and "Institutio Christianae Religionis of John Calvin". The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1598Page, 83.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Education Values Seen through the Perspective of “Augustinus” and “Thomas Aquinas”. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1587Page, 83.. | External link | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Blessed That Disguised and Came. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1561Page, 96.. | External link
  • 2018
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2018). Rereading leadership seen through the glasses of "N Leadership". The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.32, No.1560Page, 96.. | External link

Professional Memberships

Korea Calvin Society (since 2015)

Korean Association of Christian Studies (since 2021)

Korean Research Committee of Sydney College of Divinity (since 2016)

Korean Society of Systematic Theology (since 2015)

Korea Reformed Theology Society (since 2022)

The Australia Presbytery of Korean Presbyterian Church of Abroad (since 2008)

The Society of Reformed Theology (since 2015)

Current Supervision

  • Current
    • Kang, H, A Study of Calvin’s Christology from the Viewpoint of “Únĭo cum Christo” Thought for Establishing Korean Diaspora Theology in Australia: Focused on TrĭplexMunus Christiand Incarnátĭo (PhD thesis)
    • Kim, Y, A Study on Christian Identity Theology for the Australian Ethnic Koreans Diaspora: Focusing on “A Thought of Union with the Triune God” and “Creative Identity” (PhD thesis)
    • Han, J, A Study on the Critique of Jonathan Edwards’ Pneumatology: Focusing on the Trinitarian Theology (PhD thesis)
    • Jo, S, A Study on the Relationship between Double Grace and Covenant of John Calvin: Focus on the Predestination and Work of the Triune God (PhD thesis)
    • Chang, H, A Study of the Re-establishment toward a Discipleship Theology for the Korean Diaspora in Australia: Focused on the Meaning Analysis of “ἀνάθεμα” (PhD thesis)
    • Chung, H, Parental Education Plan for the Development of Youth Children’s Intimacy with God: Focusing on the Korean Church in Australia (PhD thesis)
    • Sung, S, A Systematic Model of Care through Christian (Biblical) Counseling for Korean Immigrant Families in Australia: Focusing on the Encounter between Family play therapy and coaching (MPhil thesis)
    • Lee, H, A Study on Healing and Restoration for Multicultural Individuals with Disabilities in Australia through the Disability Theology Approach: Focusing on the ‘NDIS’ and ‘SILOAM Model’ of John 9 (PhD thesis)
    • Yi, S, Mission of the Gospel of the Trinity of God in the Australian Korean Diaspora Church: Focusing on Christopher Wright's Missionary Hermeneutics (PhD thesis)
    • An, S, Toward a model for the development of a missional church congregations in /GAPCK' of Korean Presbyterian Church. (PhD thesis)
    • Shon, G, Future Alternatives to Smartphone (SNS) Addiction among Australian Multicultural Youth: Focusing on Christian Education Counseling (MPhil thesis)
    • Jeon, J, A Study on Changes in Spiritual Leadership and Methods of Granting Authority in Luke's Theology: From Jesus to Paul (MPhil thesis)
    • Ra, H, Enhanced Future Mission in Korea through a Study of the Australian Presbyterian Church’s Mission Policy and Its Implementation in Seoul and the Kyungnam Area (1940s-1990s) (PhD thesis)
    • Park, M, (PhD thesis)
    • Bae, H, (DMin thesis)

Completed Supervision

  • 2023
    • Han, D, A Critical Study of the Hereafter-worldview between Christianity and Islam, Focused on Orientalism, for Inter-religious Dialogue within the Context of a Multicultural City in Melbourne, Australia (PhD thesis)
    • Yoo, S, Research on Cosmopolitanism in the 21st Century and Empathic Mission theology (PhD thesis)
  • 2022
    • Lim, Y, Study of Christian Education Paradigm for the Development of the Identity of the 2nd Generation Korean Young Adults in Australia: Focus on the Ricoeur’s Narrative Identity Theory (PhD thesis)
    • Cho, R, A Contextual Reshaping of the Theology of the Cross: Moving Beyond Prosperity Theology in the Korean-Australian Diaspora (PhD thesis)
  • 2021
    • Shin, H, A Study on Pastoral Application of Justification for Restoration of Korean Church & Korean Churches in Australia: Focused on the Righteousness of Matthew and John (DMin thesis)
  • 2020
    • Park, Y, A Critique of the Eschatology of the Korean Heresies and a Study on the Pastoral Strategies to Cope with Them for the Korean Diaspora in Australia: Focusing on the Groups, 'Goowonpa' and 'Shincheonji' (DMin thesis)
  • 2018
    • Won Il Jung, Re-reading Calvin's Pneumatology: Focusing on Trinitarian Theology and the Idea of “union with Christ” (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Eun Kyu Kim, Re-reading Calvin's Eucharist Theology: Centered around the Idea of “Union with the Triune God” (Masters Project/Thesis)
  • 2017
    • Kwang Jin Choi, Rereading Calvin's Eucharist: From the Viewpoint of Union with Christ (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Jong Pil Woo, A Study of Calvin's Sanctification: From the Perspective of Union with Christ (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Lee, Andrew, Overcoming the Crisis of Korean Churches in the 21st Century by Recognizing the Importance of 'Relationship' through the Study of the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and Restoring the Relationship through the Practice of Cross Theology (Masters Project/Thesis)
  • 2016
    • Grace Choi, A Study of Understanding Calvin's Trinitarian Theology from a Synthetic Viewpoint (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Haing-seop Kim, Research on Calvin’s Understanding about Eucharist, Based on Trinitarian Theology – Centering on the Idea "Union with Christ" (Bachelors Honours Thesis)

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