That epiphenomenon observed within my missional church-plantingexperience forms the basis of my PhD research. It also begs the question and providesthe immediate focus for this paper. What is the relationship of Evangelicalism to late-capitalist market society, and the need for a new account of that relationship?This paper explores this need, the shape and method such an account mighttake, and signposts some subsequent implications for further theological exploration.My hope is that through this the path being taken by my broader research will beoutlined and questions and advice solicited from readers to contribute to this research.To this end, I firstly outline some of the more immediate diagnoses of therelationship of Evangelicalism to late-capitalist markets. I suggest that thesediagnoses are problematic, insufficient, with most made from outside of Evangelicalism. I then suggest that a reparative account from within Evangelicalismcan be made that is better nuanced and more attentive to the problems of the aboverelationship. A summary is provided of the development of Evangelicalism in relationto capitalism, and an observation is made of a ‘double movement’ of, on the one hand,an intensification of this relationship, and on the other hand, a resistance to it. I propose that the resistance of Evangelicalism to the pathologising forces of capitalismhas become a minority report, and signpost how these forces might be restored for our current context.
II. Cultural Despisers and Cultural Accommodators: Existing diagnoses of therelationship of Evangelicalism to capitalism
Today then, Protestant Christianity may be functional for capitalism. But equally, capitalism isfunctional for the logic of Protestant Christianity carried to a new extreme.
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Society for the Study of Christian Ethics: The Ideology of Managerialism in Church, Politics and