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"Public Religion” and the Pancasila-Based State of Indonesia: An Ethical and Sociological Analysis


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Pesan

Penulis : Benyamin Fleming Intan
(MA in Theological Studies, Reformed Theological Seminary, USA; MA in Religion, Yale University, USA; PhD in Social Ethics, Boston College, USA)
Penerbit : Peter Lang, New York, 2006
Tebal : 292 halaman
ISBN : 978-0820476032


"Public Religion" and the Pancasila-Based State of Indonesia: An Ethical and Sociological Analysis analyzes the public role of religion in Indonesian society from the pre-independence period to the end of Suharto’s New Order government. It offers constructive suggestions regarding how Indonesian religion can play a significant role within the framework of Pancasila, Indonesia’s national ideology. Based on Christian-Muslim dialogue, it is only within the realm of civil society that Indonesian religion will be able to promote the ideas of democracy, tolerance, and human rights in Indonesian public affairs. In short, far from being anti-pluralist, Indonesian religion evolves as a liberating force in the life of society, nation, and state.

Advance Praise for the book:
“The heightened role of religion in the public sphere can become either a source of violence or a source of reconciliation. Benyamin Flemming Intan’s work offers positive suggestions of how religion can develop as a transformative and liberating force in Indonesian public affairs. Undoubtedly this book will make an important contribution to the contemporary debate about the proper role of religion in Indonesia. I recommend it highly.”
Muhammad A. S. Hikam, Author of Demokrasi dan Civil Society (1996); Former Minister for Research and Technology, Republic of Indonesia; Member of the Indonesian House of Representatives (2004-2009)

“Benyamin Flemming Intan’s book is an important contribution to the ongoing discussion about the relation between religion and politics in Indonesia, specifically on the crucial issue of the meaning of Pancasila.”
Franz Magniz-Suseno, S.J., Director of Postgraduate Department, Driyarkara School of Philosophy, Jakarta

“For more than three decades, Pancasila as an Indonesian state Weltanschauung has become more rhetoric than practice. Although Pancasila has been formulated in the Preamble of the Indonesian Constitution and has been determined as the source of all Indonesian law, it is still a dead letter. This book analyzes the ongoing problems and finds the answers to why it has been so difficult to implement.”
J. E. Sahetapy, Chairman of the National Law Commission, Republic of Indonesia; Former Member of the Indonesian House of Representatives (1999-2004)