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Of Faith and Commitment: Christian Conversion in Muslim Java

Robert W. Hefner

in Conversion to Christianity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780520078352
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520078352.003.0004
Of Faith and Commitment: Christian Conversion in Muslim Java

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This chapter explores the history of East Javanese conversion, striving to determine why people converted in some areas but not in others. It also investigates more closely the forces promoting the unusual Christian advance, accurately acclaimed by mission scholars as “the largest group of people ever to become Christians of a Moslem background.” It then raises several questions for the analysis of religious conversion in general. The issue of Christian conversion was to arise in the 1960s. Several Christian converts commented that they feared that recently introduced Hindu reforms were polluting indigenous customs with foreign (Balinese) ways. The Christian Javanese converts indicates that not all believers need have thought through the conceptual implications of doctrines or beliefs they endorse as their own.

Keywords: East Javanese conversion; Christian conversion; Moslem; Christian Javanese; Hindu reforms

Chapter.  10929 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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