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Chinese Christian Communities In Indonesia

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Chinese Christians are found all over the vast Indonesian archipelago: from strongly Muslim Aceh in the west to the mixed Muslim-Christian society of the Moluccas, in the outspoken Protestant Minahasa as well as in dominant Catholic Flores. This chapter concentrates on the distinct Chinese Protestant churches of Java, with additional notes about the presence of Catholic Chinese in Java. Relations of trade and partly also of religion have for a very long time been established between China and Indonesia. The Church Council of Batavia was in general only negative about Chinese and considered their faith as paganism, an attitude that still was common among missionaries in the twentieth century. During the last year of the Japanese occupation there was a curious contact between a fervent Chinese Catholic and Bishop Willekens of Batavia.

Keywords: Batavia; Chinese Catholic; Chinese Christians; Church Council; Indonesia; Java; Muslim



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