Date of Graduation
Project/Capstone - Global access
Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS)
College of Arts and Sciences
Asia Pacific Studies
Professor Brian Komei-Dempster
Fr. Antoni J. Ucerler, S. J.
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.
Burrey, Leryan Anthony, "Placing God: Defining “Post-Christianity” for Contemporary Japanese Christians" (2021). Master's Projects and Capstones. 1194.
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