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Xavier's Legacies: Catholicism in Modern Japanese Culture [Paperback]

Kevin M. Doak

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March 1 2012 Asian Religions and Society Series
Japan has had three Catholic prime ministers, and its current empress was raised and educated in the faith. How did a non-Christian nation come to foster more Catholic leaders than the United States, particularly when Protestantism is said to define Christianity in Japan and Catholicism is believed to be but a fleeting element of Japan’s so-called Christian century? This volume reveals that, far from being a relic of the past – something brought to Japan by missionaries and then forgotten – Catholicism offered, and continues to provide, an authentic and alternative way for Japanese believers to maintain “tradition” and negotiate modernity.

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A path-breaking exploration of Catholicism’s deep-seated influence in Japan.

About the Author

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.


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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating, deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking. May 26 2012
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I'm not a Catholic, but this book was fascinating to me. It covers history, biography and mystery as well as religious philosophy. It read like a mystery novel. Highly recommend.
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