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Conversion to ChristianityHistorical and Anthropological Perspectives on a Great Transformation$
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Robert Hefner

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520078352

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520078352.001.0001

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Of Faith and Commitment: Christian Conversion in Muslim Java

Of Faith and Commitment: Christian Conversion in Muslim Java

(p.99) Chapter Four Of Faith and Commitment: Christian Conversion in Muslim Java
Conversion to Christianity

Robert W. Hefner

University of California Press

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

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