A Faith Healer's Passion

Kali Bawang, February 2003: It's a Javanese custom to display a shadow puppet in one's home to give visitors a sense of the owner's character. Anastasius Priharsoyo chose Resi Seto, a warrior priest whose scarlet face testifies to his courage, "because I want people to know that though I am an ulama, I am still strong." It's a strength born of a missionary's sense of purpose and a realist's flexibility. And it is a strength derived from multiple religions—rare proof that seemingly conflicting beliefs can coexist harmoniously even within one man.

Priharsoyo's open-minded, profoundly pragmatic approach to religion...

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