Xavier's Legacies: Catholicism in Modern Japanese Culture by Kevin M. DoakXavier's Legacies: Catholicism in Modern Japanese Culture by Kevin M. Doak

Xavier's Legacies: Catholicism in Modern Japanese Culture

EditorKevin M. Doak

Paperback | March 1, 2012

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Japan has had three Catholic prime ministers, and its currentempress was raised and educated in the faith. How did a non-Christiannation come to foster more Catholic leaders than the United States,particularly when Protestantism is said to define Christianity in Japanand Catholicism is believed to be but a fleeting element of thecountry’s so-called Christian century?

Far from being a relic of the past – something brought toJapan by sixteenth-century missionaries such as Francis Xavier and thenforgotten – Catholicism offered, and continues to provide,an authentic way for Japanese to shape their own cultural identities.This volume documents the appeal of Catholicism not only among farmersand fishers but also among scientists, diplomats, novelists, andmembers of the imperial household who have answered the challenge ofChristianity and found inspiration in Catholicism since the latenineteenth century. Associated with the past, Catholicism has offeredmany Japanese an alternative way to maintain “tradition”and negotiate modernity.

This path-breaking exploration ofCatholicism’s long-term influence on Japan challenges thedeep-seated tendency to juxtapose the traditional, non-Christian Eastwith the modern and Christian West.

 

Kevin M. Doak is the Nippon Foundation Chair in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Georgetown University. He is co-editor of the Journal of Japanese Studies and sits on the executive board of the Society for Japanese Studies. Contributors: James R. Bartholomew, Kevin M. Doak, Ann M. Harrington, Mariko Ikeh...
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Title:Xavier's Legacies: Catholicism in Modern Japanese CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774820225

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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 / YoshimitsuYoshihiko (translated and annotated by Kevin M. Doak and Charles C.Campbell)

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

6   Crossing the Deep River: Endo Shusaku and the Problemof 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 FatherInoue Yoji: From Panentheism to Namu Abba / YoshihisaYamamoto

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

 

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Editorial Reviews

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