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Japan’s Modern Prophet

Uchimura Kanzô, 1861-1930

Uchimura Kanzô was one of Japan’s foremost thinkers. His ideas influenced contemporary novelists, statesmen, reformers, and religious leaders. The originator and proponent of a particularly "Japanese" form of Christianity known as mukyôkai, Uchimura struggled with the tensions between his love for the homeland and his love for God. Articulate, prolific, passionate, and profound, he earned a reputation as the most consistent critic of his society and knowledgeable Japanese interpreter of Christianity and its Bible. Through this exceptional man’s life, John Howes charts what it meant to live during the introduction of Christianity to Japan.

Table of Contents



Part 1: I Refuse

1 Education of a Meiji Samurai

2 Budding Civil Servant

3 Birth of a Writer

4 Justification of Self and of Nation

5 Out into the World

Part 2: The Pact with God

6 With Luther Presiding

7 The Taught

8 The Teaching: Christianity and the Bible

9 The Teaching: Institutions and Individuals

10 The Last Chance

Part 3: I Am Not

11 Christ Is Coming

12 The Bible and Japan

13 The Sage

14 Telling Off the West

15 Maturing Vipers

16 What Is Mukyôkai?

Conclusion: Uchimura Kanzô in History


Selected Bibliography


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