Japan's Modern Prophet: Uchimura Kanz˘, 1861-1930

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UBC Press, May 14, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 465 pages
Uchimura Kanz? was one of Japan's foremost thinkers, whose ideas influenced contemporary novelists, statesmen, reformers, and religious leaders. He lived at a time of increasing modernization and rapid social change. Known as the originator and proponent of a particularly "Japanese" form of Christianity known as muky?kai, 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 the most knowledgeable Japanese interpreter of Christianity and its Bible. In addition to teaching and giving public lectures, he wrote numerous books and articles -- in both English and Japanese -- edited newspapers and periodicals, and founded several magazines. Through the prism of this exceptional man's life, John Howes charts, in this tour de force, what it meant to live during the introduction of Christianity to Japan.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
I Refuse
15
The Pact with God
157
I Am Not
255
Uchimura Kanz˘ in History
381
Chronology
399
Glossary
401
Notes
409
Selected Bibliography
433
Index
439
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John F. Howes, Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Government of Japan in 2004.

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