Critical Readings on Christianity in Japan is a multidisciplinary collection of scholarship on the history, cultural reshaping, and social impact of a relative latecomer to the world of Japanese religions. The selected studies are arranged historically and analyze the particular challenges and roles played by this minority religion over the course of five centuries, beginning with the mission of the Roman Catholic Church in the sixteenth century.
The readings critically examine the diverse institutional forms of Christianity, including transplanted mission churches from the West, indigenous movements, and charismatic movements and churches from the new, non-Western centers of world Christianity. Particular attention is given to the role of Japanese actors in movements of social reform and political engagement, and to alternative expressions of Christianity through ritual, theology, and literature.
Mark R. Mullins, Ph.D. (1985) in Religion and Society, McMaster University, is Professor of Japanese Studies and Director of the Japan Studies Centre at the University of Auckland. He has published widely on the sociology of Japanese religions and is the author of Christianity Made in Japan (1998) and editor of Handbook of Christianity in Japan (Brill, 2003).
This set of readings will be a handy resource for libraries and of particular interest to students and scholars of Japanese religion and society and the history of world Christianity.