Christianity made in Japan : a study of indigenous movements by Mark R. Mullins

By Mark R. Mullins

For centuries the lodging among Japan and Christianity has been an uneasy one. in comparison with others of its Asian friends, the church buildings in Japan have by no means counted greater than a small minority of believers kind of resigned to styles of formality and trust transplanted from the West. yet there's one other aspect to the tale, one little recognized and barely informed: the increase of indigenous routine geared toward a Christianity that's right away made in Japan and trustworthy to the scriptures and apostolic culture. Christianity Made in Japan attracts on vast box examine to offer an fascinating and sympathetic glance behind the curtain and into the lives of the leaders and fans of a number of indigenous events in Japan. targeting the "native" reaction instead of Western missionary efforts and intentions, it provides types of new interpretations of the Christian culture. It offers voice to the unheard perceptions and perspectives of many eastern Christians, whereas elevating questions very important to the self-understanding of Christianity as a really "world religion."

This ground-breaking research makes a principally unknown spiritual global available to outsiders for the 1st time. scholars and students alike will locate it a precious addition to the literature on eastern religions and society and at the improvement of Christianity open air the West. by way of delivering an alternate method of the examine and realizing of Christianity as a global faith and the advanced means of cross-cultural diffusion, it represents a landmark that might outline destiny examine within the field.

Show description

Read Online or Download Christianity made in Japan : a study of indigenous movements PDF

Similar buddhism books

Hsin-Hsin Ming

"The smart way isn't tricky in case you don't have any personal tastes. "—Seng-ts'an

The Hsin Hsin Ming, Verses at the Faith-Mind by way of Seng-ts'an, the 3rd chinese language patriarch of Zen, is taken into account to be the 1st chinese language Zen record. Lucidly translated the following by way of Richard B. Clarke, it is still some of the most widely-admired and stylish of Zen writings, and is as correct at the present time because it was once while it used to be written. In a global the place rigidity turns out unavoidable, Seng-ts'an's phrases convey us easy methods to be totally conscious of every one second.

Record of the Buddhistic Kingdoms

The narrative of a such a lot striking trip by means of a Buddhist priest named Fa Hsien who travels from China via India to Ceylon, directly to Sumatra and again to China by way of sea.

Anyone can go to Heaven, Just be Good

I began this ‘Just be stable ‘ venture with the assumption of getting a
few Buddhist promotionaI fabrics with a shiny, optimistic and
modern kind. I later tied this in with an internet site supplying more
information on Buddhism for these to determine more.
Little did I anticipate how well known the fabrics might become,
and the influence of the web site on such a lot of humans all over
the world.
My objective is to give the elemental thoughts of Buddhism in a concise
and down-to-earth demeanour, utilizing an technique that many
seem to discover transparent and available. The ‘Just Be solid’ project
culminates during this e-book, in accordance with the writings within the website.
For these interpreting this book with out but traveling the website,
I might urge you to additionally battle through the location. this is often because
it deals another wealth of data when it comes to unfastened e-books,
talks on MP3 and hyperlinks to different web pages which offer deeper
perspectives on many key issues and areas.
I wish to thank with inner most gratitude Ajahn Brahm for
giving me the braveness and help to begin this ‘Just be Good’
project, Ven. Dhammika for his sufferer counsel and advice
throughout the venture, Ven. Aggacitta and Ven. Kumaara for
their many necessary feedback and Sister Han Ah Yew and
Mr. Leong Kum Seng for his or her assist in vetting the textual content. I would
also wish to convey my so much honest appreciation to Bro. Piya
Tan for writing the part on meditation for this e-book and
Geelyn Lim for all her labor on its layout and layout.
Special thank you additionally visit all my lecturers and associates in the
Dhamma in Singapore for his or her encouragement from the very
beginning. a major “thank you” and all my love additionally visit my
parents and my spouse, Susan. And my maximum appreciation is
extended to the folks worldwide who've given me
the motivation and the power to proceed and improve this
project. All blunders, error and omissions are mine alone.
May all Beings be good and chuffed, and unfastened from actual and
mental agony. might all Beings embark at the direction of the
Buddha and detect Nibbana. could all of the advantages of this project
be devoted to the happiness and emancipation of all Beings,
and to assist safeguard and unfold the lessons of the Buddha.

T Y Lee

The philosophy of Nāgārjuna

This booklet is an Eng. trans. of Fatone's Spanish unique at the Philosophy of Nagarjuna. till Fatone wrote this e-book it used to be proposal that Nagarjuna was once a nihilist. however the current writer has attempted to turn out that Nagarjuna isn't so. even though the elemental proposal of Nagarjuna's approach is that not anything exists, nonetheless he believes within the lifestyles of 1 unmarried substance that's the area subspecies aeternitatis.

Additional info for Christianity made in Japan : a study of indigenous movements

Sample text

In 1927 Kawai established the independent Christ Heart Church within the grounds of Gunze. However, the development of indigenous Christian movements was not merely the result of personality conµicts and power struggles with foreign missionaries. These disagreements, we must remember, did not occur in a placid environment. By the late Meiji period the social climate, following an earlier phase of worshipping everything Occidental, had become decidedly antiWestern and nationalistic. ”15 This statement is equally valid with respect to Japanese Christian leaders active during this period.

As may be seen in table 2, a wide variety of indigenous groups have been organized over the past century. 24 THE SOCIAL SOURCES OF CHRISTIANITY IN JAPAN Table 2. Å´òÁÐîS3 FOUNDER YEAR ORGANIZED Uchimura Kanzõ 1901 Matsumura Kaiseki 1907 Kawai Shinsui 1927 Sugita Kõtarõ 1936 Matsubara Kazuhito 1939 Taniguchi Toku 1940 Koike Tatsuo 1940 Murai Jun 1941 Õtsuki Takeji 1946 Konmoto Kaoru 1948 Teshima Ikurõ 1948 Imahashi Atsushi 1966 Nakahara Masao 1977 With the exception of the Nonchurch movement founded by Uchimura Kanzõ, our knowledge regarding most of these indigenous movements has been limited to a brief paragraph provided each year in the Christian Yearbook.

27 Adapting church-sect theory, ³gure 1 provides a comparative typological framework for understanding Christian religious organizations in Japan according to three criteria: basic orientation, self-de³nition, and degree of indigenization. 28 This typology is based on an interpretative sociology of religion rather than on theological criteria, and priority is given to the actors’ de³nition of the situation. ”29 While some groups included in ³gure 1 might be regarded as heretical and non-Christian by certain established churches, I have included them in this typology because the actors involved de³ne themselves and their organizations in Christian terms or in continuity with the Christian tradition.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.57 of 5 – based on 47 votes