Rev Dr Sung Rual Choi

Rev Dr Sung Rual Choi

Korean Higher Degree Research Director

Sung is a Korean Higher Degree Research Director and Lecturer in Theology and Church History of the Alphacrucis College Korean Language Program. He is a member of the Research 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 The Society of Reformed Theology in Korea. He has written theological articles has been published in Korean Journal of Systematic Theology.

 

Sung 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 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 a book called “A New and Effective Manual for Academic Writing and Research Method.” He plans to publish books from a new perspective on “Calvin ’s Theology.” He loves lecturing and teaching in the areas of systematic theology, historical theology (ecclesiology), Christian ethics, research methodology, and Christian worldview.

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 (Morley Training Centre) 2016

Current Research

John Calvin's Theology

"Únĭo cum Christo"

Christology

Reformed Theology 

Christian Ethics

"Union with the Triune God"

Supervision

Current Supervision

• 2021

Ho Saeng Kang, "A Study of Calvin’s Christology from the Viewpoint of "Unio cum Christo" for Establishing Korean Diaspora Theology in Australia: Focused on Triplex Munus Christi and Incarnatio" (Doctoral Thesis, 2021)

David Han, "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" (Doctoral Thesis, 2021)

Seungdo Yoo, "Research on Cosmopolitanism in the 21st Century and Emphatic Mission theology" (Doctoral Thesis, 2021)

Jouhoon Lim, "A Critical Study of Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Pneumatology: Focused on Union with Christ" (Doctoral Thesis, 2021)

Jun Oh An, "A Comparative Study on the Trinitarian Theology between Augustine and Calvin: Focusing on the Union with the Triune God and περιχωρησις" (Doctoral Thesis, 2021)

Han Kyu Kim, "On the Coexistence of Receptivity and Exclusivity of the Church as an Alternative Community in a Multicultural Society Based on Union with Christ" (Doctoral Thesis, 2021)

Yihwa Kim, "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"" (Doctoral Thesis, 2021)A study on ways of approaching diaspora Korean church senior education ministry


Completed Supervision

• 2021

Hae Young Shin, "A Study on Pastoral Application of Justification for Restoration of Korean Church & Korean Churches in Australia: Focused on the Righteousness of Matthew and John" (Doctoral Thesis, 2021)


• 2020

Young Sun Park, "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”" (Doctoral Thesis, 2020)

Eun Young Hwang, "A Criticism Study of Calvin's Educational Thought Principles in Institutes of the Christian Religion" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2020)

Yukyung Kim, "A Criticism Study of Calvin and Hookma's Sanctification for Reestablishing Christian Identity: Focused on Duplex Gratia and Unio cum Christo" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2020)

Changju Lee, "A Criticism Study of John Calvin and Karl Bart's Christology: Focused on Unio cum Christo and Munus Triplex Christi" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2020)

Myungjoon Joo, "A Criticism Study of Calvin's Sanctification Thought: Focusing on Institutes and “Unio cum Christo" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2020)


• 2019

Dong Min Shin, "Calvin’s theory of Sanctification, Centred on the Idea of “Union with Christ" (Unio cum Christo)” (Masters Project/Thesis, 2019)

Mee Hyun Gah, Calvin and Smedes’ “The Union with Christ” Idea Comparison Studies Focused on the Doctrine of Christ and Soteriology (Masters Project/Thesis, 2019)

Yukyung Kim, "Study of the Threefold Office of Christ from Calvin's Union with Christ (Unio cum Christo) Viewpoint" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2019)

Ho Sook Lee, "Research and Application of Greimasian Semiotics in Sermons for Korean Australian diaspora" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2019)


• 2018

Myung Hee Kim, "A Study of Calvin's Soteriology Centred on the Idea of Union with Christ" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2018)

Hyun Sil Choi, "Re-reading Theodicy: Focusing on C. S. Lewis's Theodicy" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2018)

Ji Hoon Lee, "Re-reading the Doctrine of Justification: A Comparative Study of the Doctrine of Justification between Tom Wright and Calvin" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2018)

Won Il Jung, "Re-reading Calvin’s Pneumatology: Focusing on Trinitarian Theology and the Idea of “union with Christ”" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2018)

Eun Kyu Kim, "Re-reading Calvin’s Eucharist Theology: Centred around the Idea of “Union with the Triune God”" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2018)


• 2017

Andrew Lee, "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, 2017)

Jong Pil Woo, "A Study of Calvin's Sanctification: From the Perspective of Union with Christ" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2017)

Kwang Jin Choi, Rereading Calvin's Eucharist: From the Viewpoint of Union with Christ" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2017)


• 2016

Grace Choi, "A Study of Understanding Calvin's Trinitarian Theology from a Synthetic Viewpoint" (Masters Project/Thesis, 2016)

Haing-seop Kim, "Research on Calvin’s Understanding about Eucharist, Based on Trinitarian Theology – Centering on the Idea "Union with Christ"" (Bachelors Honours Thesis, 2016)


Field of Research

  • 2099 Other Language
  • 2103 Communication and Culture
  • 2201 Historical Studies
  • 2202 Applied Ethics
  • 2203 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
  • 2204 Philosophy
  • 2299 Religion and Religious Studies

Book

  • 2020
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2020). A New and Effective Manual for Academic Writing and Research Method. Seoul: Holy Books..

Book Chapter

  • 2021
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2021). A Criticism Study of Christ's Personality from the Perspective of Únio cum Christo: Focused on Incarnātio and Únio Hypostática In , Text and Context (pp. ). Seoul: Holy Books.

Journal Article

  • 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

Creative Production or Composition

  • 2019
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). A Commentation Paper of 2019 Korean-Australian Theological Forum – “Convergence and Possibility of Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology from a Redemption Historical Perspective” by Prof. Hyung Yong Park. Alphacrucis College Korean Language Program, Alphacrucis College, Sydney. | Link to journal
  • 2018
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2018). A Manual for Writes of Higher Education of Alphacrucis College Korean Language Program. Alphacrucis College Korean Language Program. | Link to journal
  • 2016
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2016). Unio Cum Christo and Calvin's Theology. . | Link to journal

Research and Professional Grants

  • 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

Academic Conference

  • 2019
    • The Era of Changing and the Role of Theology - Interdisciplinary Convergence, Its Necessities and Directions (2019), Sydney, Autralia, 21 Feb 2019
      Co-presenter: Prof. Hyung Yong Park
  • 2016
    • Guest Speaker (2016), Korean Society of Systematic Theology’s Academic Seminar, Seoul, Korea, 01 Jan 2016
  • 2015
    • Guest Speaker (2015), PhD Candidates’ Academic Seminar, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 24 Apr 2015

Other presentation

  • 2021
    • Introduction of Systematic Theology and Research Methodology (2021), Introduction of Systematic Theology and Research Methodology (Intensive Course, Zoom Lecture), Auckland, New Zeland, 19 Apr 2021
  • 2020
    • Introduction of Systematic Theology and Research Methodology (2020), Introduction of Systematic Theology and Research Methodology (Intensive Course, Zoom Lecture), Auckland, New Zeland, 14 Apr 2020
  • 2016
    • Preaching (2016), Church preaching, Seoul, South Korea, 03 Jan 2016

Scholarship Publications

Journal Article

  • 2019
    • 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.1588 Page, 83.. | Link to journal | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Blessed That Disguised and Came. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1561 Page, 96.. | Link to journal
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). The Motivity Power of Love That Is Very Noble and Pure. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1562 Page, 244.. | Link to journal | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Worldview Seen through the Perspective of the "Stockdale Paradox". The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1583 Page, 96.. | Link to journal | 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.1590 Page, 83.. | Link to journal | 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.1600 Page, 83.. | Link to journal | 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.1598 Page, 83.. | Link to journal | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Worldview Seen through “Touch” Perspective of Tiffany Field. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1565 Page, 96.. | Link to journal | 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.1586 Page, 83.. | Link to journal | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). A Christian Education Worldview Seen through the Oral-B Case. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1582 Page, 96.. | Link to journal | 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.1589 Page, 83.. | Link to journal | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). “The Lord of the Rings” and Biblical Values. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1564 Page, 96.. | Link to journal | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Patricia's Birthday and Biblical Values. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1567 Page, 96.. | Link to journal | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). "SKY Castle" and Prosperity Gospel. The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.33, No.1563 Page, 96.. | Link to journal | 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.1585 Page, 96.. | Link to journal | 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.1584 Page, 96.. | Link to journal | 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.1587 Page, 83.. | Link to journal | AC Link
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2019). Christian Worldview Seen through "Tears of Africa". Page 96., Vol.33, No.1566 Page, 96.. | Link to journal | AC Link
  • 2018
    • Choi, Sung Rual (2018). Rereading leadership seen through the glasses of "N Leadership". The Weekly Korean Life Magazine, Vol.32, No.1560 Page, 96.. | Link to journal

Professional Memberships

Korean Association of Christian Studies (since 2021)

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

Korean Society of Systematic Theology (since 2015)

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

The Society of Reformed Theology (since 2015)

Current Supervision

  • 2024
    • Han Kyu Kim, On the Coexistence of Receptivity and Exclusivity of the Church as an Alternative Community in a Multicultural Society Based on Union with Christ (Doctoral Thesis), 2024
    • Yihwa Kim, 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” (Doctoral Thesis), 2024
  • 2023
    • Kum Ran Chung, A Study on Ways of Approaching Diaspora Korean Church Senior Education Ministry (Doctoral Thesis), 2023
    • Jouhoon Lim, A Critical Study of Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Pneumatology: Focused on Union with Christ (Doctoral Thesis), 2023
  • 2022
    • Ho Saeng Kang, A Study of Calvin’s Christology from the Viewpoint of "Unio cum Christo" for Establishing Korean Diaspora Theology in Australia: Focused on Triplex Munus Christi and Incarnatio (Doctoral Thesis), 2022
    • David Han, 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 (Doctoral Thesis), 2022
    • Jun Oh An, A Comparative Study on the Trinitarian Theology between Augustine and Calvin: Focusing on the Union with the Triune God and περιχωρησις (Doctoral Thesis), 2022
    • Seungdo Yoo, Research on Cosmopolitanism in the 21st Century and Empathic Mission theology (Doctoral Thesis), 2022
  • 2021
    • Ji Mi Han, A Critical Study of Jonathan Edwards' Pneumatology from the Viewpoint of Trinitarian Theology (Masters Project/Thesis), 2021
    • Seok Young Yoon, A Comparative study of Ecclesiology between John Calvin and Hans Küng: Focusing on the Únĭo cum Christo Thought (Masters Project/Thesis), 2021
    • Dong Min Shin, A Comparative Study of Sanctification between John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards: Focusing on the Únĭo cum Christo Thought (Masters Project/Thesis), 2021
    • Yong Y Kim, A Study of Christian Ethics with a Focus on Christian Identity: from the Perspective of the "Union with Christ" Thought and the "Trĭplex Munus Christi" (Masters Project/Thesis), 2021

Completed Supervision

  • 2021
    • Hae Young Shin, A Study on Pastoral Application of Justification for Restoration of Korean Church & Korean Churches in Australia: Focused on the Righteousness of Matthew and John (Doctoral Thesis), 2021
  • 2020
    • Yukyung Kim, A Criticism Study of Calvin and Hookma's Sanctification for Reestablishing Christian Identity: Focused on Duplex Gratia and Unio cum Christo (Masters Project/Thesis), 2020
    • Eun Young Hwang, A Criticism Study of Calvin's Educational Thought Principles in Institutes of the Christian Religion (Masters Project/Thesis), 2020
    • Myungjoon Joo, A Criticism Study of Calvin's Sanctification Thought: Focusing on Institutes and “Unio cum Christo (Masters Project/Thesis), 2020
    • Changju Lee, A Criticism Study of John Calvin and Karl Bart's Christology: Focused on Unio cum Christo and Munus Triplex Christi (Masters Project/Thesis), 2020
    • Young Sun Park, 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” (Doctoral Thesis), 2020
  • 2019
    • Dong Min Shin, Calvin's theory of Sanctification, Centered on the Idea of “Union with Christ (Unio cum Christo)” (Masters Project/Thesis), 2019
    • Mee Hyun Gah, Calvin and Smedes’ “The Union with Christ” Idea Comparison Studies Focused on the Doctrine of Christ and Soteriology (Masters Project/Thesis), 2019
    • Yukyung Kim, Study of the Threefold Office of Christ from Calvin's Union with Christ (Unio cum Christo) Viewpoint (Masters Project/Thesis), 2019
    • Ho Sook Lee, Research and Application of Greimasian Semiotics in Sermons for Korean Australian diaspora (Masters Project/Thesis), 2019
  • 2018
    • Myung Hee Kim, A Study of Calvin's Soteriology Centred on the Idea of Union with Christ (Masters Project/Thesis), 2018
    • Hyun Sil Choi, Re-reading Theodicy: Focusing on C. S. Lewis's Theodicy (Masters Project/Thesis), 2018
    • Ji Hoon Lee, Re-reading the Doctrine of Justification: A Comparative Study of the Doctrine of Justification between Tom Wright and Calvin (Masters Project/Thesis), 2018
    • Won Il Jung, Re-reading Calvin's Pneumatology: Focusing on Trinitarian Theology and the Idea of “union with Christ” (Masters Project/Thesis), 2018
    • Eun Kyu Kim, Re-reading Calvin's Eucharist Theology: Centred around the Idea of “Union with the Triune God” (Masters Project/Thesis), 2018
  • 2017
    • Andrew Lee, 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), 2017
    • Jong Pil Woo, A Study of Calvin's Sanctification: From the Perspective of Union with Christ (Masters Project/Thesis), 2017
    • Kwang Jin Choi, Rereading Calvin's Eucharist: From the Viewpoint of Union with Christ (Masters Project/Thesis), 2017
  • 2016
    • Grace Choi, A Study of Understanding Calvin's Trinitarian Theology from a Synthetic Viewpoint (Masters Project/Thesis), 2016
    • Haing-seop Kim, Research on Calvin’s Understanding about Eucharist, Based on Trinitarian Theology – Centering on the Idea "Union with Christ" (Bachelors Honours Thesis), 2016

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