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Christianity in Southeast Asia

Robbie B. H. Goh

Publication Year: 2005

This book briefly recounts the history of the establishment and expansion of Christianity in Southeast Asia from the colonial times onwards. With the exception of the Philippines, Christianity has been a minor religion in much of Southeast Asia, albeit one whose followers have sometimes had a disproportionate impact on education and other sectors of society. The author focuses on the current expansion of aggressive evangelical Christian groups in particular, and their prospects for increasing their following in various countries in the region and what the possible implications could be.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. v

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About the Author

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pp. vi

Robbie B.H. Goh is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore. Educated at the National University of Singapore and the University of Chicago...

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1. Introduction: Missionary Movements and the Coming of Christianity to Southeast Asia

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pp. 1-18

Christianity in Southeast Asia is in many ways a relatively recent phenomenon, with the most significant events taking place from the late nineteenth century onwards. Certainly compared with religions...

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2. The Philippines

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pp. 19-34

The Philippines stands out as the only Asian country which has a predominantly Christian population. With Christians forming around 93 per cent of its population, the Philippines has a higher percentage of Christian adherents than most countries in North America and Europe, including...

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3. Singapore

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pp. 35-46

Singapore, although one of the tiniest countries in the world, occupies a significant position in Southeast Asia, not only for its vaunted economic prosperity and governance, but also as one of the strongholds of Christianity...

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4. Malaysia

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pp. 47-56

The story of Christianity in Malaysia is to a certain extent interwoven with that of Singapore, as the two countries were part of the same colonial administrative region before finally separating in 1965. The area of the Malay...

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5. Indonesia

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pp. 57-64

Indonesia, with its huge size (covering almost 2 million square kilometres), insular geography (spread out over some 17,000 islands), large population and linguistic ethnic diversity, is an arena predisposed to religious diversity and fragmentation. Islam arrived in the...

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6. Christianity in the Other Countries of Southeast Asia: Brunei, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam

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pp. 65-72

Although Christianity for various reasons has developed less significantly in the other countries in Southeast Asia, in many cases there have been instances of local impact; furthermore, even in countries where Christianity has not become a major religion, its interaction...

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7. Conclusion: Social, Political and Economic Considerations Concerning Christianity in Southeast Asia

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pp. 73-78

There is clearly a great range in terms of the strength of Christianity in the different countries in Southeast Asia. One need only consider the startling contrast between the Philippines, where Christianity is part of...


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pp. 79-80

E-ISBN-13: 9789812307033
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812302977

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2005

Edition: 1