Having the largest Muslim population worldwide, Indonesia is known as a country with a tolerant society. Religious tolerance in Indonesia is largely influenced by traditional values of the local society, as passed down from generation to generation. When religion and local culture influence and equip each other, peace and tolerance can be found among the adherents of the different religions.
Recent problems have developed in the past years due to the growth of the religious extremist and fundamentalist movement which no longer include traditional values in their practice. Traditional culture and local wisdom are even viewed as heresy and a stain on the practice of “true” religion. The clash between religion and local culture causes conflicts in the name of religion, using claims that certain religions or religious practices are better than others.
The Indonesian context, which is rich in cultural and religious heritage, is an interesting topic for discussion in this year’s Mission Lectures, which will feature the role of cultural diversity in religious and social life. Is cultural richness an enrichment for religion or can it distort the role of religion in society? Looking at the aspect of culture from a global perspective through the eyes of a non-Indonesian will help widen the horizon of how we view ourselves. Contributions from a non-Indonesian theologian will help the churches in Indonesia to reflect on and refresh their theology, in order to see whether and how theology in Indonesia is intercultural, international and interreligious
Prof. Dr Claudia Jahnel has been Professor of Intercultural Theology at the Ruhr University Bochum since 2017. She received her doctorate and habilitated at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen. She is in charge of international affairs the Faculty of Protestant Theology of Bochum University.
Claudia Jahnel is a member of various scientific societies. She leads the working group "Pentecostal Churches" in the Chamber for Worldwide Ecumenism of the Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD), is the second chairwoman of the Theological Commission of the Association of Protestant Churches and Missions in Germany (EMW) and co-founder of the working group "African Theologies" of the Scientific Society for Theology. She is also co-editor of the journal ZMiss (Periodical on Mission und Intercultural Theology).
Her main topics include: Ecumenical Missiology (in cooperation with an international ecumenical committee on „Witnessing Christ Today –Towards an Ecumenical Missiology“), Science of Human Bodies from interreligious and intercultural theologies, Intercultural Perspectives of Childhood, Global Christianity with emphasis on Christianity in Africa and Latin Amerika, Globalization, Church and Migration, Pentecostal Churches, Contextual Theologies: Post-Colonial Theology and Liberation Theology, Religion and Development and Interfaith Dialogue.
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