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Jakarta Post

Indonesia among most religious nations: Pew study

  • Made Anthony Iswara


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Muslims perform the first official Friday prayers with health protocols in Al Azhar Mosque in South Jakarta on Friday, June 5, 2020. It is the first Friday prayer after mosques were previously barred from religious activities amid the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to curb the spread of COVID-19.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Indonesians are among the most religious people in the world, a recently released survey from the Pew Research Center has found.   Nearly all Indonesian respondents surveyed – 96 percent – answered that belief in God was necessary to be moral and have good values.   The report, called The Global God Divide, was released on July 20 and polled respondents in 34 countries. It placed Indonesia and the Philippines as the countries with the highest percentage of citizens – 96 percent – who equated belief in God with the possession of good morals.   Most Indonesians also consider religion, God and prayer to be important parts of their lives, at 98 percent, 91 percent and 95 percent of respondents respectively.   “Over time, the importance of religion in Indonesia has ...