An Indonesian police officer stands guard in May last year near the scene of a bomb blast by a church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. Photo: EPA An Indonesian police officer stands guard in May last year near the scene of a bomb blast by a church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. Photo: EPA
An Indonesian police officer stands guard in May last year near the scene of a bomb blast by a church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. Photo: EPA
Terence Chong
Opinion

Opinion

Terence Chong and Evelyn Tan

Why Christian expansionism is a quiet storm in Southeast Asia

  • Independent and Pentecostal churches across the region are expanding overseas in search of new believers, financing and a foothold beyond their traditional ethnic and cultural homelands
  • But in doing so, they risk conflict with established congregations and cultures while testing the limits of multiculturalism in Muslim-majority nations

An Indonesian police officer stands guard in May last year near the scene of a bomb blast by a church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. Photo: EPA An Indonesian police officer stands guard in May last year near the scene of a bomb blast by a church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. Photo: EPA
An Indonesian police officer stands guard in May last year near the scene of a bomb blast by a church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. Photo: EPA
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Evelyn Tan

Evelyn Tan

Evelyn Tan is Research Officer at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore