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This article seeks to be a clearinghouse of information and links regarding the history and state of '''[[Orthodox Christianity]] in Indonesia'''.
 
This article seeks to be a clearinghouse of information and links regarding the history and state of '''[[Orthodox Christianity]] in Indonesia'''.
  
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Indonesia is the largest country in the South East Asian region. The vast territory of the nation, combined with the diversity of culture and resources present in the islands, offer an interesting story regarding to the growth of Orthodoxy there. Orthodoxy in Indonesia have existed for centuries, but a consistent and permanent existence of Orthodoxy have only fairly recently developed.
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== History ==
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According to Fr. Daniel Byantoro, the founder of modern Indonesian Orthodoxy, the earliest records of Orthodoxy can be traced to the 7th century. At that time, the island of Sumatra was dominated by the Hindu-Buddhist Srivijaya Empire. There were accounts of a Nestorian Church (as of now, it was still debatable whether the church was an Oriental Orthodox or an Assyrian Church of the East) somewhere in northern Sumatra. They were served by priests originating from the Middle East. However, with the rise of Islam, the priests in Sumatra were recalled, and the people there were left alone. Over the next centuries, when the first European travellers arrived in North Sumatra, they were surprised to see a church very similar to Roman Catholicism, and decided to convert the people there into Roman Catholics. There are no known records of the remains of this church.
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Fast forwards to a few centuries later, Indonesia, at that time called the Dutch East Indies, is a predominantly Muslim colony of the Netherlands. The small subset of Christians consider themselves to be mostly Roman Catholic and Calvinists, a testament of their colonial overlord's influence there.
  
 
== Jurisdictions ==
 
== Jurisdictions ==
* [[Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia]] ([[Church of Constantinople]])
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* [[Orthodox Metropolis of Singapore]] ([[Church of Constantinople]])
 
* [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|Diocese of Australia and New Zealand]] ([[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]])
 
* [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|Diocese of Australia and New Zealand]] ([[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]])
  
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== External links ==
 
== External links ==
 
* [http://www.goina.org/ Gereja Orthodox Indonesia / Orthodox Church of Indonesia (ROCOR)]
 
* [http://www.goina.org/ Gereja Orthodox Indonesia / Orthodox Church of Indonesia (ROCOR)]
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* [http://www.friendsofindonesia.org Friends of Indonesia: news from the Indonesian Orthodox Church]
 
* [http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/church_history/byantoro_indonesia.htm    Orthodox Research Institute - The Birth of the Orthodox Church in Indonesia]
 
* [http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/church_history/byantoro_indonesia.htm    Orthodox Research Institute - The Birth of the Orthodox Church in Indonesia]
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* [http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/church_history/byantoro_indonesia.htm    Birth of Orthodoxy in Indonesia]
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* [http://www.orthodoxindonesia.org Orthodox Indonesia - Synaxis]
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* [http://filorthodoxia.googlepages.com/home The Indonesian Orthodox Church]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 13:04, August 21, 2017

This article seeks to be a clearinghouse of information and links regarding the history and state of Orthodox Christianity in Indonesia.

Indonesia is the largest country in the South East Asian region. The vast territory of the nation, combined with the diversity of culture and resources present in the islands, offer an interesting story regarding to the growth of Orthodoxy there. Orthodoxy in Indonesia have existed for centuries, but a consistent and permanent existence of Orthodoxy have only fairly recently developed.

History

According to Fr. Daniel Byantoro, the founder of modern Indonesian Orthodoxy, the earliest records of Orthodoxy can be traced to the 7th century. At that time, the island of Sumatra was dominated by the Hindu-Buddhist Srivijaya Empire. There were accounts of a Nestorian Church (as of now, it was still debatable whether the church was an Oriental Orthodox or an Assyrian Church of the East) somewhere in northern Sumatra. They were served by priests originating from the Middle East. However, with the rise of Islam, the priests in Sumatra were recalled, and the people there were left alone. Over the next centuries, when the first European travellers arrived in North Sumatra, they were surprised to see a church very similar to Roman Catholicism, and decided to convert the people there into Roman Catholics. There are no known records of the remains of this church.

Fast forwards to a few centuries later, Indonesia, at that time called the Dutch East Indies, is a predominantly Muslim colony of the Netherlands. The small subset of Christians consider themselves to be mostly Roman Catholic and Calvinists, a testament of their colonial overlord's influence there.

Jurisdictions


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