Salvationist Samurai: Gunpei Yamamuro and the Rise of the Salvation Army in Japan

Overview

Arriving in Japan in 1895, the Salvation Army rose from a position of relative obscurity to national recognition within a space of twelve years. The cultural adaptation of mission and message was most directly influenced by the life and work of Gunpei Yamamuro (1872-1940), who helped transform the Army into an indigenous expression of Wesleyan-holiness mission, uniquely adapted to the needs of Japan's emerging industrialized society. Salvationist Samurai is the first English-language work to clarify the role of ...

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Overview

Arriving in Japan in 1895, the Salvation Army rose from a position of relative obscurity to national recognition within a space of twelve years. The cultural adaptation of mission and message was most directly influenced by the life and work of Gunpei Yamamuro (1872-1940), who helped transform the Army into an indigenous expression of Wesleyan-holiness mission, uniquely adapted to the needs of Japan's emerging industrialized society. Salvationist Samurai is the first English-language work to clarify the role of Yamamuro in relation to the progress of the Salvation Army in Japan. In light of the recent centennial celebration of the Salvation Army in Japan, it is fitting that this illustrated work be published in commemoration of its most prominent representative.

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Editorial Reviews

The Asbury Theological Journal
...provides an excellent and enlightening analysis...provides invaluable insight into the relationship of The Salvation Army to the state...
Theological Book Review
This short history is an important contribution to the story of Christianity in Japan.
Kevin Sims
...a very rewarding and informative read.
Theological Book Review
This short history is an important contribution to the story of Christianity in Japan..
Booknews
Describes the success of Yamamuro 1872-1940 in transforming the Salvation Army from obscurity to national recognition in the 12 years after its arrival in Japan in 1895. Demonstrates how he translated the social-holiness evangelism of the Army into native cultural idiom that connected with the spirit of Japanese nationalism. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810832701
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Pietist and Wesleyan Studies Series , #8
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

R. David Rightmire is Professor of Theological Studies at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. His publications include Sacraments and the Salvation Army: Pneumatological Foundations (Scarecrow, 1990).

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Meiji Christianity and the Arrival of the Salvation Army in Japan 1
Ch. 2 Gunpei Yamamuro: Early Years and Identification with the Salvation Army 19
Ch. 3 Yamamuro's Influence on Salvation Army Mission 45
Ch. 4 National Recognition Won "Under Peculiar Circumstances" 69
Ch. 5 Social Evangelism in Relation to National Transformation and Need 89
Ch. 6 The Japanese Salvation Army's Relation to the State 107
Ch. 7 Cultural Adaptation in the Context of Japanese Nationalism 135
Conclusion 161
Bibliography 167
Index 183
About the Author 189
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