Singapore is the most religiously diverse country in the world, with more than 80 percent of
its population belonging to a religion. The religious communities in Singapore have played an
important role in promoting the welfare of our multireligious society and in nation‐building.
Religion can serve as the cultural ballast of a religiously plural society like Singapore and
contribute to its common good.
This interfaith symposium examines what the different religious traditions understand by the
common good and how faith communities may contribute to it. It discusses the fault lines
that still persist in our society with regard to religion, and how they can be mitigated by
strengthening interfaith relations (through meaningful dialogue and collaboration). The
symposium explores how religion can be an important form ofsocial capital that generate the
9.00 Opening by SRP
9.05 Common Good in Buddhism
9.15 Common Good in Catholicism
9.25 Common Good in Hinduism
9.35 Common Good in Islam
9.45 Common Good in Protestantism
9.55 Common Good in Taoism
10.05 Group Discussion
11.10 The Method of Scriptural Reasoning
11.40 Q&A and Panel Discussion
1) Buddhist College (Singapore); 2) Catholic Theological Institute Singapore; 3) Hindu Centre;
4) MUIS Academy; 5) Taoist College (Singapore); 6) Trinity Theological College.