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Talk by Katja Rakow in Singapore

Jun 06, 2014

On May 30, 2014, Katja Rakow presented her part of her ongoing research on transcultural dynamics of Pentecostalism under the title ‘Bringing the Gospel Revolution from Singapore to the USA’ at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Christians have the commission to further the Gospel to the farthest ends of the earth. The last decade witnessed a missionary movement from the Global South to the North and from the East to the West, which is described as ‘reverse mission’ directed towards the secular West. In her paper, Katja Rakow presented such a missionary attempt emanating from Singapore. In November 2013, the Singapore based pastor Joseph Prince embarked on his first preaching tour to the United States to spread what he calls ‘The Gospel Revolution.’ This particular case of ‘reverse mission’ does not involve missionaries in the classical sense, but media products and a popular pastor that move along commercial circuits while spreading the Gospel. Katja Rakow discussed these mediatized missionary practices as an example of ‘reverse mission.’

Dr. Katja Rakow leads the Junior Research Group ‘Transcultural Dynamics of Pentecostalism’ at the Cluster. The talk was chaired by Prof. Robbie Goh, the current Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS, and organized by the research cluster ‘Religion’, one of seven multidisciplinary research clusters at NUS fostering high-impact research in innovative areas of relevance to Singapore and the Asian region.


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