- Religion in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guineais predominantly Christian with traditional animistand ancestor worshipstill found in some places.
The courts and government in both theory and practice uphold a constitutional right to freedom of speech, thought, and belief.
A large majority of Papua New Guineans are Christian (96% in the
2000census), however many combine their Christian faith with traditional indigenous beliefs and practices. [cite web | url = http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2003/24317.htm | accessdate = 2006-03-23 | title = US Department of State "International Religious Freedom Report 2003"]
The 2000 census percentages were as follows:
Roman Catholic Church(27.0%)
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea(19.5%)
*United Church (11.5%)
Seventh-day Adventist Church(10.0%)
*Evangelical Alliance (5.2%)
Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea(3.2%)
*Other Christian (8.0%)
Church of Christ(0.4%) [cite web | url = http://www.rtapng.com.pg/faith/rel%20png.html | accessdate = 2006-03-23 | title = History Catholic Church in PNG]
Papua New Guinea Council of Churchesmembers are:
*Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea
*Gutnius Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)
*Roman Catholic Church
*Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea
*United Church in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
There are also a number of parachurch organizations:
Summer Institute of Linguisticsis a missionary institution drawing its support from conservative evangelical Protestant churches in the United States and to a lesser extent Australia; it translates the Bible into local languages and conducts extensive linguistic research.
Young Women's Christian Association
Minority religions include Bahá'í (perhaps 40,000), while
Islam in Papua New Guineacounts approximately 1,000 to 2,000 followers [cite web | url = http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2006/71354.htm | accessdate = 2006-03-23 | title = US Department of State "International Religious Freedom Report 2006"] , mostly of immigrant origin.
Traditional religions are often animist and many have elements of ancestor worship.
* Religious life of the Korowa
* [http://www.ispng.com Islamic Society of Papua New Guinea]
* [http://anglicanhistory.org/aus/png/ Anglican history in Papua New Guinea] - primary texts
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