Catholics in Independent Indonesia: 1945-2010

Catholics in Independent Indonesia: 1945-2010

by Karel Steenbrink


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Catholics in Independent Indonesia: 1945-2010 by Karel Steenbrink

Catholics in Independent Indonesia: 1945-2010 concludes Steenbrink’s three volume historical account of Catholicism in Indonesia with a detailed report of the survival and growth of this minority religion in Muslim Indonesia since its independence in 1945.
Colonial Catholicism survived in the independent Republic of Indonesia during the nationalist Sukarno regime (1945-1965) and regained a new dynamic during the general religious revival that was part of the New Order of Soeharto after 1965. From a Dutch-inspired institution it became a fully Indonesian steered community with a modern and international character. The second half of the book will deal with the different regional developments in this vast country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004285132
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Series: Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde Series , #298
Pages: 634
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Karel Steenbrink, Ph.D. (1974) in Religious Studies, is Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Theology at Utrecht University. He has published extensively on religions in Indonesia, both Islam and Christianity. Starting in 1970 with fieldwork in Muslim schools, he now researches colonial perceptions of Islam, and the position of minority Catholicism in Muslim Indonesia. The first two volumes of this history were published by KITLV Press, Leiden (2003 and 2007).

Table of Contents

Preface vii

List of Plates and Tables xvi

List of Documents xviii

Part 1 National Issues

1 Religion in Indonesian Politics between Pancasila and Shari'a 3

2 The Internal Affairs of the Catholic Community 46

3 The Clergy from Religious Orders to a Spirituality of Diocesan Priests 80

4 Nuns and Lay Brothers 106

5 The Secular Basis of a Religion: Education, Health Care, Welfare, and Development Work 132

6 Social Engagement and the Spirituality of the Laity 166

7 Creative Thinkers, Writers, Artists, Theological Proposals, and Debates 202

Part 2 Regional Surveys

8 The Struggle of Catholicism in Flores 237

9 Timor and Sumba 296

10 Papuan Society in Search of Its Identity between Dutch and Indonesian Domination 323

11 The Heavy Burden of the Religious Fragmentation and Geographical Isolation of the Moluccas 364

12 Minorities in Sulawesi Minahasa and Toraja 389

13 Kalimantan 409

14 The Catholic Diasporas of Sumatra 439

15 Java and Bali 471

Epilogue 510

Documents 513

Bibliography 601

Index 622

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