Date of Graduation

Spring 5-21-2021

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS)


College of Arts and Sciences


Asia Pacific Studies

First Advisor

Professor Brian Komei-Dempster

Second Advisor

Fr. Antoni J. Ucerler, S. J.

Third Advisor

Professor Matthew Berry


This work suggests that we consider a new, working definition of post-Christianity. This new paradigm is in response to Western Christian thought being too dominant a force that fails to take into enough account other global experiences— like those of Japanese Christians. These reflections are based on scholarly opinions claiming that Christianity is a “global culture,” and ultimately argues for more international inclusivity in Western Christian thought and institutions, especially regarding the Asia-Pacific. Moreover, this paper illuminates how iitoko dori allows Christian thought to peacefully coexist in Japan’s greater society. The research also explores specific Japanese cultural practices that make it hard for Japanese Christians to coexist with their communities, in hopes to provide insight on possible ways for Japanese Christians to better live in harmony with their fellow community members. The work marks a shift in Christian missiology and, with other scholarship, turns us toward a broader view of Christianity with the context of a “global culture.” The current status of Japanese Christianity reveals that Japan is a particular and unique post-Christian state regarding Christian intellectual history.

APS 636_ Research Paper.docx (43 kB)
Supplementary Paper covering Christianity in Japan from 1868-1993