Official Religions in Indonesia: An Illusion?

Civis 001/2018 Year 2017 is a good year for Indonesian, especially for the members of the Aliran Kepercayaan (Beliefs in Monotheism without subscribing to any religions in Indonesia). The Constitutional Court’s decision No 97/PUU-XIV/2016 (‘Putusan MK’), the word...

Village Building: “The Insufficiency of the Use of the Village Fund”

CIVIS 002/2017 A. Prologue   The term “Village” is very close to the heart of Indonesian society. Village is often being used to describe the life of the “middle-low class” society. But the term “Desa / Village” has a different connotation according to the Perpu...

Enforcing Constitution, Consolidating Democracy

Civis 001/2017 Recent events showed the attempts to replace Pancasila and to change the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, the sovereignty of the people. There were systemic efforts to indoctrinate the society with radical teachings. Other attempts like...

Managing and Advancing Indonesian Culture

Civis 006/2016 Advancing National Culture of Indonesia as Part of the Purpose of the 1945 Constitution, Article 32   The Amendment of the 1945 Constitution has resulted in a few significant changes in advancing Indonesian culture. The process of the amendment had...

The Church and The Empowerment of The People (4)

Civis 005/2016 Empowering the People to Build Political Lives   Knowing the change of paradigm in the external environment of the church and its implications, how ought the church respond to it? With the aforementioned change of paradigm, empowering the people...
Contributing in the Democratic Consolidation (2)

Contributing in the Democratic Consolidation (2)

Civis 004/2016 II. Achievements and deficiencies.   The reformation of Indonesia was peaceful and successful thanks to the support and wisdom of all political parties. The amendment process took place in the spirit of brotherhood, relatively open, was gradual and...

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Contributing in the Democratic Consolidation (1)

Contributing in the Democratic Consolidation (1)

Civis 004/2016 I. Introduction   Starting from the implementation of democratic elections in 1999, the reformation has lasted for more than 17 years now. Indonesia is now recognized as the third largest democratic country in the world after India and the United...

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Church and Politics in Indonesia (2)

Church and Politics in Indonesia (2)

Civis 003/2016 IV. Christian Attitudes Toward Politics   It is clear that politics, as the ability to live together in a polis, is inevitable, except if the church and Christians only want to live in a ghetto. Then Christians must involve themselves into the...

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Church and Politics in Indonesia (1)

Church and Politics in Indonesia (1)

Civis 003/2016 I. Introduction   When we talk about Politics, it will be very similar with the talk about the State. So a talk about the relation of the Church and Politics will “drag” us to a discussion about the relation between the Church and the State....

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Religious Freedom, Tolerance, and Religious Radicalism (3)

Religious Freedom, Tolerance, and Religious Radicalism (3)

Civis 001/2016 (Republika, Tuesday, October 20th, 2015)   But the problem with these two Abrahamic spiritual heritage was that their disciples did not always grab hold of the basic teachings of their religions in their worldly relations. Not only wars between the...

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Religious Freedom, Tolerance, and Religious Radicalism (2)

Religious Freedom, Tolerance, and Religious Radicalism (2)

Civis 001/2016 (Republika, Tuesday, October 13, 2015) And the situation can become worse and more dangerous when politicians misuse religion for their own pragmatic interests.  As long as this attitude remains among the so-called religious people, there is no hope...

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