Between Evangelism and Multiculturalism: The Dynamics of Christianity in Indonesia
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.
Christianity, evangelism, Indonesia, multiculturalism, Protestantism
Asian Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Religion
HOON, Chang Yau.(2013). Between Evangelism and Multiculturalism: The Dynamics of Christianity in Indonesia. Social Compass, 60(4), 457-470.
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