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by / on June 9, 2011 at 1:20 am / in The Protestant Missions

Emperor declares “The Imperial Rescript on Education”

October 30, 1890, the Emperor sent forth what has ever since been known as “The Imperial Rescript on Education,” a document that had a great influence on the religious history of Japan. The following is a translation issued in 1907 by the Department of Education: “Know ye, Our subjects: Our Imperial Ancestors have founded Our Empire on a basis broad […]

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by / on June 9, 2011 at 1:03 am / in The Protestant Missions

Dr. Joseph Neesima, the very head of Christianity in Japan dies!

The Christian Church in Japan, and especially the Kumi-ai body, met with a great loss in the death, January 23, 1890, of Dr. Joseph Neesima. He had been in Tokyo and vicinity trying to interest influential men in his plans for a Christian university, when severe illness led him to seek rest at the seaside resort of Oiso. There he […]

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by / on June 9, 2011 at 12:53 am / in The Protestant Missions

Colonel Olcott, the American Bodhisattva, visits Japan!

Almost synchronous with Mr. Wishard’s visit was that of another American — Colonel Olcott, the theosophist. He had been invited by the Buddhists, who, in alarm at the progress being made by Christianity, were ready to accept help from any source. A speech made by Mr. Nagouchi, the man through whom the invitation had been conveyed to Colonel Olcott, shows […]

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by / on June 9, 2011 at 12:37 am / in The Protestant Missions

Mr. Luther D. Wishard, of the Young Men’s Christian Association visits Japan!

An important movement among young men was begun in the spring of 1889 by Mr. Luther D. Wishard, the International College Secretary of the Young Men’s Christian Association, who visited several cities in Japan, speaking to students. He made a great impression, not only upon the pupils of Christian schools, but also on those connected with government institutions. The Christian […]

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by / on June 7, 2011 at 7:29 am / in Interesting Japanese Christians!

Ebara Soroku

Ebara Soroku (March 10, 1842 – May 19, 1922) was a samurai of the late Edo period who went on to become an educator and politician in the Meiji era. Biography: Ebara was born in Edo as the son of a lesser retainer of the Tokugawa Shogunate, but was an exceptionally talented scholar and selected for the Shogunal military academy […]

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by / on June 7, 2011 at 3:15 am / in The Protestant Missions

The Emperor grants religious freedom in 1889!

February 11, 1889, is an important date in the religious as in the political history of Japan; for in the Constitution that the Emperor then granted to his people. Article XXVIII. Declares: ” Japanese subjects shall, within limits not prejudicial to peace and order, and not antagonistic to their duties as subjects, enjoy freedom of religious belief.” It was but […]

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by / on June 7, 2011 at 2:50 am / in The Protestant Missions

The Army: another center of opposition to Christianity!

The Army seemed to be another center of opposition to Christianity, though the trouble experienced may have come from the commanders of the different garrisons. Soldiers were told not to attend Christian meetings nor to have Christian books in their possession. In some places Christian officers were pressed to withdraw from the membership of churches. The new Imperial Constitution, indeed, […]

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by / on June 7, 2011 at 2:40 am / in The Protestant Missions

The disastrous effect of the Plymouth Brethren!

Persons who had been prominent church-members were led to withdraw. In some places churches were almost broken up; in others, where churches were on the point of being organized; this became impossible because some of the believers went over to the Plymouth Brethren. If such persons had retained their faith, the result would have been less deplorable; but many who […]

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by / on June 7, 2011 at 2:04 am / in The Protestant Missions

The necessity of having a “Japanese Christianity”.

It was in accord with such sentiments that much began to be said about the necessity of having a “Japanese Christianity.” In 1890, Mr. Yokoi, a prominent Kumi-ai minister, published an article in which he lamented that Christianity as then existing in Japan was in most cases a copy of that found in England and America. In the early experiences […]

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by / on June 7, 2011 at 1:23 am / in The Protestant Missions

This is still true to this day! Amazing!

While the exaggerated nationalism of that time led to a higher appreciation of what was distinctively Japanese, the people had gone so far in accepting Western ideas that they could not wholly give them up. Hence, much was said about an alleged characteristic of the Japanese, namely, that while they gladly borrow what is good in foreign lands, taking now […]

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