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Christian Prophecy in Japan: Uchimura Kanzō

John F. Howes
Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Vol. 34, No. 1, Christians in Japan (2007), pp. 127-150
Published by: Nanzan University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30234178
Page Count: 24
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Christian Prophecy in Japan: Uchimura Kanzō
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Abstract

Uchimura Kanzō (1861-1930) was an extremely accomplished Meiji Christian convert who emphasized a Christianity he considered in tune with traditional Japanese religiosity and free of Western influence. When a child, he observed his family's distress as Meiji rulers dismantled the Tokugawa political system. Then he assumed responsibility for their support when he turned sixteen. Though thus burdened by family responsibility, he finished a Japanese undergraduate degree in fisheries science, studied further in the United States, and then returned home to encourage Bible study among the Japanese. He became a respected essayist. The result: a complete works of more than twenty thousand pages and many loyal followers who helped form the new democratic Japanese society after 1945. Samples of his writings cover such themes as these: Old Testament-style prophecy; Japan's role to emphasize Christianity's Asian roots; the Christian believer's utter dependence on God; Christian morality; and churchless Christianity as Japan's contribution to world Christianity.

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