Religion and Human Dignity in the Age of Synthesis

Thursday, May 9th, 2019, 10:08 WIB

Seminar Nasional

Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), in collaboration with Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (AIPI)organized national seminar and workshop on April 25 – 26 2019, entitle “Religion and Human Dignity in Synthesis Era”. The aim of this event is to propose Policy Brief to government related to reformation in the field of religious education in Indonesia.

Based on discussion in the seminar and workshop, there are some main issues which were faced by educational system and human dignity in Indonesia, they are: 

  • Social transformation process in the era of technology and information disclosure prompt to grind the basic principles and values that become the main foundation of the Republic of Indonesia. Radicalism and intolerance are the manifestation of this phenomenon.
  • Human dignity as the core and the essence of religious teaching is now transformed into a shallow religious understanding.   
  • Religious education tends to create a siltation of religious understanding and brings out polarization in society. 
  • In the post-truth society, falsehood and hate speech is becoming normal in social media and find its canalization in every part of social life. This phenomenon potentially destroys social mindset and endangers the unity of the nation. 
  • Some of the academician and religious leader have contaminated by partisan political manner, they are failed to build a hegemonic vision in education and research aim for the prominence of the state, especially for human being. 

In responding to the problems above, there are some point of recommendations that will be delivered to the government, those are: 

Education and Learning Process 

  • Educational system and ecosystem in schools and universities need to be reviewed and must include universal values like justice and equality. It also includes mainstreaming gender, inclusivity, hospitality, spirituality, professionalism and integrity in all subjects. 
  • Present the universal values and the principles of human dignity in every part of human life. 
  • Organize the empowerment program for teachers and lecturers that related to the implementation of Indonesia’s values and universal human dignity principles. This program hopefully will direct Indonesia’s teachers and lecturers to higher order thinking and complex problem solving.


Research and Capacity Building

  • Support long term comprehensive and collaborative research to explore history, religious teaching, spirituality, local wisdom, and universal values which are owned by Indonesian people either in local, national, or global level. 
  • Support the establishment of higher educational institution which provides upstream solutions by cadering scholars, religious leaders, whom are ready to struggle for humanity. 
  • Facilitate the establishment of institution of religious studies and sciences that will be a meeting point for scholars, academicians, and policy makers to undergone discussion related to various problems in society. 
  • Produce typology of “best practices” and exellence programs in order to promote universal Indonesian and human dignity values which are relevant with the latest situation and condition in society; e.g. Interfaith Youth Pilgrimage (IYP), Interfaith New Generation Initiative and Engagement (INGAGE), Peace Generation and others.


Policy reformation 

  • Strengthen the regulation and policy about hoax mitigation, hate speech, agitation and negative propaganda by involving all elements of the society, socio – religious organization, security forces, government bureaucracy, research institution and higher education institution. 
  • Strengthen early warning system in national level to mitigate social conflict which relates to religious, race, ethnicity and others. 
  • Provide incentive and budget allocation to produce multi-, intra-, and inter-discipline studies and also interconnectivity research in responding non-linear and super complex challenges and problems in society.