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Christianity in the world
The Christianity is the largest and most widespread religion in the world. Most Christians are found in Europe, the United States, Central and South America (especially Brazil) and Australia. In Africa, the missionaries left their mark. In Asia, Christianity has less influence, with the exception of the Philippines and South Korea. Faith in each country had its own interpretation. Usually it was mixed with rituals from the local folk belief. This is inter alia reflected in Brazil. See Table of the number of Christians in the world .
In Suriname, approximately 51% of the population is Christian. The influence of Christianity is very large in Suriname. Almost all Christian denominations are represented in Suriname. Fortunately there is a high degree of tolerance between different religions. There is an open religious market where people can exercise their religion without restriction. The Christian will have to use this freedom to preach the gospel. The more Christians should evangelize the faith and to carry out others for Christ.
Christianity in Suriname
Christian denominations founded in Suriname since the seventeenth century, after a Dutch colony.
In 1667 Abraham Crijnssen conquered the territory of Suriname on the English. In 1668 came the final Dutch settlement on the basis of provisions of the peace of Breda. For work on the plantations, slaves were brought from Africa. In connection with the abolition of slavery in 1863, then recruited labor in China, British India and later in Java. The percentage of Christians among Hindus and Javanese is small: 80% of Hindus are Hindus, 15% Muslim and 5% Christian. Most Javanese are Muslim, 7% are Christians.
The Reformed Church in Suriname was founded in 1667/1668, the members were exclusively white settlers and ransomed slaves. In 1701 the church was partially and fully autonomous in 1886. The number of members is about 12,000 in the year 2000, the vast majority of Surinamese.
The first missionaries of the Moravian Church in Suriname (EBGS) came in 1735 in Suriname . Successively worked among the Indians, the plantation slaves and after the peace treaties with the government under the runaway slaves. Gradually arose in small inland towns. Missionary in Paramaribo has only begun in 1765. With the expansion of the work was to distinguish between "churches" (called Creoles Church) under the leadership of the church council, and "missionary congregations" (Bosland, Javanese, Hindustani and Chinese mission) led by the mission board. There are few little Hindustani and Javanese Christian:
resp. 5% and 7%. In 1902 the first Surinamese RECDoth, ordained as a minister, the first bishop Surinam in 1963. Much attention is paid to education (many private schools and boarding schools) and medical missionary (polyclinics in the interior). Since 1963 forms Suriname together with the Netherlands Antilles, an autonomous Province of the Unitas Fratrum. The EBGS is a member of the Caribbean Conference
of Churches (CCC). Since 1997 there is another church organization introduced. The number of members is about 50,000 in the year 2000.
In 1741, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Suriname founded. The members were exclusively from Europe. The membership is about 5,000, almost exclusively Surinamese.
In 1785 came the consent of the colonial government to establish the Roman Catholic Church. There was much emphasis on teaching and education with private schools and boarding schools, as well as social work. Concern for the work of church, school and parish lies with fathers, brothers and sisters. Only in the twentieth century there was a number of Surinamese priests. The mission works among all peoples. Since 1858 has its own diocese, now a member of the Antilles Episcopal Conference. In 1970 Suriname became the first bishop. The number of members in the year 2000 amounts to approximately 80,000.
In Suriname, some smaller churches like the Baptists, Methodists and Anglicans. The Pentecostal churches attract many people in their church services. The membership is difficult to estimate as most also remain a member of the church to which they always belonged. The relationship between the churches is good. On 23 November 1942 the Committee established Christian Churches, similar to the Council of Churches in the Netherlands .
Christian Sites in Suriname