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Xavier’s Legacies

Catholicism in Modern Japanese Culture

Japan has had three Catholic prime ministers, and its current empress was raised and educated in the faith. How did a non-Christian nation come to foster more Catholic leaders than the United States, particularly when Protestantism is said to define Christianity in Japan and Catholicism is believed to be but a fleeting element of Japan’s so-called Christian century? This volume reveals that, far from being a relic of the past – something brought to Japan by missionaries and then forgotten – Catholicism offered, and continues to provide, an authentic and alternative way for Japanese believers to maintain “tradition” and negotiate modernity.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Catholicism, Modernity, and Japanese Culture / Kevin M. Doak

1 Catholic Women Religious and Catholicism in Japan: 1872-1940 / Ann M. Harrington

2 Toward a History of Christian Scientists in Japan / James R. Bartholomew

3 Tanaka Kotaro and Natural Law / Kevin M. Doak

4 Catholicism and Contemporary Man / Yoshimitsu Yoshihiko (translated and annotated by Kevin M. Doak and Charles C. Campbell)

5 Kanayama Masahide: Catholicism and Mid-Twentieth-Century Japanese Diplomacy / Mariko Ikehara

6 Crossing the Deep River: Endo Shusaku and the Problem of Religious Pluralism / Mark Williams

7 An Essay on Sono Ayako / Toshiko Sunami (translated and annotated by Kevin M. Doak)

8 The Theory and Practice of Inculturation by Father Inoue Yoji: From Panentheism to Namu Abba / Yoshihisa Yamamoto

9 Between Inculturation and Globalization: The Situation of Catholicism in Contemporary Japanese Society / Mark R. Mullins




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