Title

Between Evangelism and Multiculturalism: The Dynamics of Christianity in Indonesia

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

Christianity has experienced rapid growth in Indonesia, particularly the Evangelical and Pentecostal/Charismatic movements, which find fertile ground among the urban middle class. This phenomenon has given rise to fears of Christianisation among the Muslim majority, who perceive the Christian growth as a moral threat. Tensions between Christians and Muslims have been part and parcel of religious developments in Indonesia. The author addresses the ways in which Protestant churches in Indonesia negotiate between evangelism (to fulfil the ‘Great Commission’) on the one hand, and multiculturalism (peaceful coexistence with difference) on the other. The article will examine how Christians in Indonesia navigate through the multicultural environment of otherness, and how they negotiate plurality within Christianity. By highlighting the diversity and dynamics within Christianity, this article provides a new perspective on Indonesian Christians, beyond the popular Muslim perception of Christians as a monolithic and homogeneous group.

Keywords

Christianity, evangelism, Indonesia, multiculturalism, Protestantism

Discipline

Asian Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Religion

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Social Compass

Volume

60

Issue

4

First Page

457

Last Page

470

ISSN

0037-7686

Identifier

10.1177/0037768613502758

Publisher

SAGE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0037768613502758

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