Uchimura Kanzo was one of Japan's foremost thinkers. His ideas
influenced contemporary novelists, statesmen, reformers, and religious
leaders. The originator and proponent of a particularly
"Japanese" form of Christianity known as mukyokai, 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
knowledgeable Japanese interpreter of Christianity and its Bible.
Through this exceptional man's life, John Howes charts what it
meant to live during the introduction of Christianity to Japan.
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.
Preface Introduction Part 1: I Refuse 1 Education of a Meiji Samurai 2 Budding Civil Servant 3 Birth of a Writer 4 Justification of Self and of Nation 5 Out into the World Part 2: The Pact with God 6 With Luther Presiding 7 The Taught 8 The Teaching: Christianity and the Bible 9 The Teaching: Institutions and Individuals 10 The Last Chance Part 3: I Am Not 11 Christ Is Coming 12 The Bible and Japan 13 The Sage 14 Telling Off the West 15 Maturing Vipers 16 What Is Mukyokai? Conclusion: Uchimura Kanzo in History Notes Selected Bibliography Index