Library Journal - Library JournalThis is an important book for those interested in how culture changes religion, as well as for those interested in Japanese religion in general and Japanese Christianity in particular. Reid begins by outlining Japanese religions and religion-state relations from 1965-90, and then challenges theoretical principles of past studies based on the restrictive positivist tradition which is ``unable to provide a satisfactory answer to the question of the role of the subject in the process of knowledge.'' His study of Japanese Christianity focuses on secularization and on ancestral altars and remembrance of the dead. He finds two patterns emerging in Japanese Christianity which match those in non-Christian Japanese society at large. This is highly recommended for academic and large seminary libraries.
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