“Indonesia is undergoing a spiritual revolution. Since the 1998 fall of strongman Suharto, who during his 32-year rule suppressed not only political freedom but any faith that could challenge his authority, the country has re-embraced its religiosity.”
After living in Indonesia for more than half a year, studying at the very same University of Indonesia this story in Time magazine refers to, finding and speaking to some of the same professors that are quoted there, I can attest that the ease with which this author summarizes a part of the Indonesian puzzle covers up the time and energy that she has had to give to the huge country to gain this understanding. I am complimenting the author, because even after having so many experiences there and learning so much about Indonesia, it is still difficult to draw concrete conclusions and communicate them in a meaningful way.
Please take a look at the article, “Why Indonesia Matters” in Time Magazine. It gives an interesting view of religion and indeed makes a good case why Indonesia is so important and becoming more important in our contemporary world.
I’ve been trying to tell you the whole time!