Handbook of Christianity in Japan

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Overview

This volume provides researchers and students of religion with an indispensable reference work on the history, cultural impact, and reshaping of Christianity in Japan. Divided into three parts, Part I focuses on Christianity in Japanese history and includes studies of the Roman Catholic mission in pre-modern Japan, the 'hidden Christian' tradition, Protestant missions in the modern period, Bible translations, and theology in Japan. Part II examines the complex relationship between Christianity and various dimensions of Japanese society, such as literature, politics, social welfare, education for women, and interaction with other religious traditions. Part III focuses on resources for the study of Christianity in Japan and provides a guide to archival collections, research institutes, and bibliographies. Based on both Japanese and Western scholarship, readers will find this volume to be a fascinating and important guide.

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Mark R. Mullins, Ph.D. (1985) in Religion and Society, McMaster University, is Professor of Religion in the Faculty of Comparative Culture, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. He has published widely on the sociology of Japanese religion, including Christianity Made in Japan (University of Hawai’i Press, 1998).

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1 Roman Catholic Mission in Pre-Modern Japan 1
2 The Kakure Kirishitan Tradition 19
3 The Modern Missionary Movement in Japan: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox 35
4 The Cross Under an Imperial Sun: Imperialism, Nationalism, and Japanese Christianity, 1895-1945 69
5 Japan's Protestant Schools and Churches in Light of Early Mission Theory and History 101
6 Holiness, Pentecostal, and Charismatic Movements in Modern Japan 125
7 Indigenous Christian Movements 143
8 Christian Churches in the Postwar Period 163
9 Theology in Japan 181
10 Bible Translations 205
11 The Christian Encounter with Japanese Buddhism 227
12 Shinto and Christianity: A History of Conflict and Compromise 249
13 New Religions and Christianity 277
14 Bridging the Divide: Writing Christian Faith (and Doubt) in Modern Japan 295
15 Mission Schools and Education for Women 321
16 Christian Social Welfare and the Modernization of Japan 343
17 Christianity and Politics in Japan 359
18 Archival Collections in Japanese Institutions 383
19 Research Institutes and Academic Societies 399
Contributors 405
General Bibliography 409
Index 415
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