The Role of Entrepreneurs in the Development of Protestant Christianity in East Java in the Nineteenth Century

In: International Journal of Asian Christianity
Amos Sukamto INTI Theological Seminary, West Java, Indonesia

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Christianity in Indonesia is often stigmatized as a colonial religion, the religion of the Dutch, and the religion of infidels. This was due to the general view prevailing in Indonesia that Christianity, in the process of its spreading, received support from the Dutch East Indies government. This essay argues that the Dutch political religious policies were not favourable for developing Christianity in Java. The development of Christianity, especially in East Java, was not driven by Dutch missionaries; on the contrary, by entrepreneurs, independent people, and then continued by Javanese who had become Christians.

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