About Benyamin F. Intan
Benyamin F. Intan, Ph.D. is President of International Reformed Evangelical Seminary (www.sttrii.ac.id), Jakarta, and has served as the Synod member of the Reformed Evangelical Church of Indonesia (GRII), established by Rev. Dr. Stephen Tong, since 2004. As an ordained pastor of the GRII, he serves on the Board of Directors and the Theological Commission of the World Reformed Fellowship (WRF). On April 15, 2006, he (Co-Founder) and the Rev. Dr. Stephen Tong (Founder) establish a Reformed think-thank, Pusat Pengkajian Reformed bagi Agama dan Masyarakat(the Reformed Center for Religion and Society, RCRS, www.reformed-crs.org), and has been its Executive Director since then. RCRS functions as a think-tank that seeks to address from the Reformed perspective contemporary issues affecting religious and social life in Indonesia. He is also member of Editorial Board of International Journal for Religious Freedon (IJRF) issued by International Institute for Religious Freedom (IIRF) from World Evangelical Alliance (WEA).
Dr. Intan has given lectures regarding religious freedom in Indonesia at Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and at Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS), Philadelphia, USA. He is the first Presidential Visiting Scholar at WTS for summer 2014 and summer 2015.
He has written numerous articles for journal, book chapters and magazine, and also opinion articles in various Indonesian newspapers like Kompas, Jakarta Post, Seputar Indonesia, Suara Pembaruan, and Sinar Harapan. His book, “Public Religion” and the Pancasila-Based State of Indonesia: An Ethical and Sociological Analysis, which was originally a doctoral dissertation, was published by Peter Lang, New York in 2006 (www.amazon.com). His article on “Religious Violence in Indonesia: The Role of State and Civil Society” was published on International Journal for Religious FreedomVol. 5, No. 2 (2012): 63-77. His article on “Personal Ethics” was published on ESV Global Study Bible (2011): 1906-1908.
Dr. Intan holds a B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) from Petra Christian University, Indonesia, an M.A. (Theological Studies) from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, USA, an M.A.R. (Social Ethics) from the Divinity School of Yale University, New Haven, USA, and a Ph.D. (Social Ethics) from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, USA.