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Title: “There is no kiasu in the Bible”:Late Capitalism and the Unique Pastoral Guidance of New Creation Church
Issue Date: 16-Apr-2018
Citation: VANESSA SWINN YAP XI WEN (2018-04-16). “There is no kiasu in the Bible”:Late Capitalism and the Unique Pastoral Guidance of New Creation Church. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: New Creation Church is by far one of Singapore’s most successful megachurches. Studies on the organisation’s close proximity with the market and preaching of the prosperity gospel account for its popularity among the country’s urban middle-class. However, these studies tend to overlook its unique interpretation of the old Protestant concept of grace, which I argue is central to understanding its appeal. Grounding my study in the core theoretical concepts of Weber’s Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, I suggest that the church’s unique interpretation of the grace doctrine enjoys an elective affinity with the broader late capitalist environment. As such, the grace doctrine effectively resonates with a broad swathe of Singaporeans who experience the anxieties and pressures of life within the structures of state-directed capitalist growth. At the same time, conventional narratives of success peddled by modern consumer capitalism share the same discursive space in the church. Ultimately, the church’s innovative ability lies in its capacity to help its members negotiate between these tensions, allowing them to fully participate in the apitalist system without suffering under its demands.
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