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For centuries, the accommodation between Japan and Christianity has been an uneasy one. Compared with other Asian countries, the churches in Japan have never counted more than a small number of believers resigned to a pattern of ritual and belief transplanted from the West. There has however been a rise in indigenous movements aimed at a Christianity that is at once made in Japan and faithful to the scriptures and apostolic tradition. This text presents a sympathetic look behind the scenes and into the lives of the leaders and followers of several indigenous movements in Japan. Focusing on the "native" response rather than Western missionary efforts, the book presents a variety of interpretations of the Christian tradition, while raising questions vital to the self-understanding of Christianity as a "world religion".
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Mark R. Mullins, Meiji Gakuin University.Review:
Mullins has brought new light to bear on the story of religions in modern Japan. Relatively unknown Christian movements are taken up in a study that is at once engaging and poised to sweep away conventional thinking about the relations between Christianity and Japanese culture. - Shimazono Susumu, University of Tokyo - This is scholarship of the hightest quality on a subject as complex as it is difficult. Scholars interested in local responses not only to Christianity in Japan but to the penetration of world religions anywhere outside their 'natural and historical setting' will find this volume rich in ideas and suggestions. - Peter B. Clarke, University of London.
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