Some background information about Fr. Daniel and the Church in Indonesia:
Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country, with over 200 million Muslims who make up nearly 90% of the population. Yet its culture has been uniquely influenced over thousands of years by all of the world’s major religions. It is a country of vastly diverse ethnicities and religions, spread over an area almost as large as the US, with over 6,000 populated islands and 350 different languages.
Fr. Daniel Byantoro is a priest in the ancient Orthodox Christian Church, and was the first Indonesian Orthodox Christian in the current era. Under his leadership, the Indonesian Orthodox Church has grown over the last 20 years, but is still very small and insignificant relative to the overall culture. Fr. Daniel has had continuing dialog with Islam for his whole life. He has many Muslim friends, and a deep appreciation for the piety of devout Muslims, many of whom have encouraged and assisted him as he ministers to the Orthodox Christian community. He is lifelong student of the ways in which religion and culture interact.
Some of the insights that he will be sharing include:
In what ways are Christianity and Islam similar and different?
How does culture both reflect and influence religion?
How does the unique doctrine of the Trinity distinguish Christianity from Islam, and from other monotheistic religions?
How do cultural and historic differences influence the way Islam and Christianity are practiced?
How does the ancient Orthodox Christian faith speak directly to the unique cultural setting in Indonesia?