Christ in Japanese Culture: Theological Themes in Shusaku Endo's Literary Works

Theological Themes in Shusaku Endo's Literary Works
Brill (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 23. Januar 2008
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 248 Seiten
978-90-04-16596-0 (ISBN)
Shedding light on a wide range of cross-cultural concerns and encounters, going far beyond narrow theological specialisation, the author argues that any successful process of missiological inculturation demands a serious antholopological consideration of indigenous faith.
  • Englisch
  • Leiden
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  • Niederlande
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • laminiert
  • Höhe: 243 mm
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  • Breite: 172 mm
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  • Dicke: 20 mm
  • 594 gr
978-90-04-16596-0 (9789004165960)
9004165967 (9004165967)
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Emi Mase-Hasegawa, Th.D. (2004) in Missiology with Ecumenical studies, Lund University, Sweden, is a research associate at Nanzan University, Institute for Religion and Culture. She has published articles in both Japanese and English, and is actively involved in Lutheran World Federation.
"(...) this is a book that was waiting to be written. (...) Mase-Hasegawa's study will be of interest to a readership not limited to aficionados of Japanese literature or of the debates surrounding religious inculturation. Indeed, as Ursula King suggests in her foreword, this is a `pioneering book that bridges several worlds' "
Mark Williams in Journal of Japanese Studies
This ground-breaking study on the Roman Catholic, Japanese novelist Endo Shusaku (1923-1996) uniquely combines western and Japanese religious, theological and philosophical thought. The author interprets Endo's central works such as 'Silence' (1966), 'The Samurai' (1980), and 'Deep River' (1996), from a theological point of view as documents of inculturation of Christianity in Japan. Analysing the social and religious context of Japan in a global perspective, the author identifies a central role for 'koshinto' - a traditional Japanese ethos - in Endo's thought on inculturation. Endo's change from a critical to a positive acceptance of the koshinto tradition partly accounts for his move from a pessimistic attitude of Christian inculturation in his early years to the growing theocentric and pneumatic concerns of his later years. Essential for Western readers.

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