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Xavier's Legacies: Catholicism in Modern Japanese Culture - Asian Religions and Society (Hardback)
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Xavier's Legacies: Catholicism in Modern Japanese Culture - Asian Religions and Society (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 01/03/2011
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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.

Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
ISBN: 9780774820219
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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Makes a much-needed contribution to the study of Christianity in Japan...Xavier's Legacies is a critical contribution and a must-read for serious students ofAsian social and religious studies in the modem period. -- Gaylan Mathiesen * Missiology *
At the end, we have been helped to better understand how Japan, after a long and bitter war, managed to enter the community of democratic nations harmoniously...The vast amount of data gathered together in these pages and the thoughtful commentary make this book a most useful resource. -- Helen J. Ballhatchet, Keio University * Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 67, No. 1 *

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