Christianity gained popularity in Papua New Guinea during the interactions with European missionaries in the late 19th century. Today, the vast majority of Papua New Guineans identify with some denomination of Christianity. The older generation are typically more stringent in their practices of Christianity, while younger generations are generally more relaxed about their devotional practices yet still hold the beliefs. However, many youth are expected to follow Christian practices and beliefs, with some having less freedom of religious choice than others.
The introduction of Christianity into Papua New Guinean society created tensions, given the pre-established indigenous tradition. A contemporary example is the way in which women are increasingly refusing to be subjected to a bride price
Given the dynamics between indigenous traditions and Christian beliefs and practices, there are constant attempts by people to blend and reconcile the two.