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      Money and Moralities in Contemporary Asia 

      Christianity as the Sixth Aspirational ‘C’ : Megachurches and the Changing Landscape of Religion, Prosperity, and Wealth in Singapore

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          Singapore is one of the richest countries in the world, whose citizens have an insatiable appetite for economic mobility. Many Singaporeans have become highly attracted to emerging Christian groups which marry basic Christian beliefs, such as the worship of Christ, with wealth accumulation. Known as megachurches, these groups preach a liturgy known as ‘prosperity gospel’ which equates wealth with worship. Though digital ethnography and content analysis of webpages and social media platforms, this chapter investigates two prominent megachurches in Singapore and their founding pastors: New Creation Church with Pastor Joseph Prince and City Harvest Church with Pastor Kong Hee. The results of such analyses reveal that wealth and material accumulation have become the foundations of Singaporean Christianity.

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          978 94 6372 310 7
          978 90 4854 315 1
          December 10 2019
          December 10 2019
          10.5117/9789463723107
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          Self URI ( Book ): https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789463723107
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          December 10 2019
          : 213-240
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          [1 ] RMIT University in Melbourne , Catherine Gomes, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia, +61 3 9925 5068, Catherine.gomes@ 123456rmit.edu.au
          [2 ] Case Western Reserve University , Jonathan Y. Tan, Religious Studies Department, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7112, USA., +1 216 368 6446, jonathan@ 123456jonathantan.org , www.jonathantan.org
          10.5117/9789463723107_ch09
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          Self URI ( Book ): https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789463723107
          Self URI ( Book Chapter ): https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789463723107

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