A church in Fiji. Attribution Some rights reserved by ErinKhoo

Trouble in paradise

As Christianity has spread around the globe, interfaith contacts have become vastly more complex. Not only do Christians now interact much more extensively with Bud­dhists, Hindus and members of other Asian faiths, but they no longer do so solely as humble minorities. Euro-Americans might find the re­sulting religious politics quite unsettling.

Consider for instance the nation of Fiji, a country in the Pacific known to West­erners mainly as an exotic tourist destination or a splendid layover en route to New Zealand or Australia. In re­cent years, though, the country has ac­quired a troubling reputation for religious and ethnic confrontations.

 

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