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by / on October 25, 2010 at 10:29 am / in The Protestant Missions

The Influence of Western Materialism on Japan.

Intercourse with Western lands brought to the Japanese not only a knowledge of Christianity, but also of modem materialism and skepticism. The letters of missionaries show that they quickly recognized the danger. Thus Rev. J.T. Gulick wrote: “It becomes more and more evident that the strongest opponent to Christianity in Japan will not be Buddhism but materialism; not the religions […]

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 11:32 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Baikwa Jogakko in Osaka and a school for the Blind in Tokyo!

In January, 1878, the two Congregational (or Kumi-ai, as they were afterwards called), churches in Osaka, each having about twenty-five members, opened the school for girls to which was given the name Baikwa Jogakko (Plum-blossom Girls’ School). Rev. H. Leavitt, a missionary of the American Board, was an earnest advocate of self-support, believing that the Christians should not depend on […]

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Conventions in Tokyo and Osaka!

The year 1878 was marked by a number of conventions that in various ways showed the progress that was being made. The earliest of these was a meeting of delegates sent by the nine churches that had grown up in connection with the work of the American Board. It was held in Osaka January 2 and 3. Its purpose was […]

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Begingings of a Prison Ministry in Japan! 1875!

In 187s Dr. J. C. Berry had obtained through the American Minister permission to visit prisons in different parts of Japan. The results of his inspection were embodied in a report that he made in 1876 to the Japanese Government, adding many suggestions about needed improvements. The Government had the report printed and distributed among the prison officials, a fact […]

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm / in The Protestant Missions

" A Modern Paul in Japan "

In the spring of 1876 the missionaries of the Presbyterian Church in the United States (North), the Reformed Church in America, and the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland formed the “Council of the Three Missions” made up of two delegates from each mission. One of its chief objects was to effect a union of the Japanese churches that had been […]

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Alexander Williamson's "Natural Theology."

About the beginning of the year 1877 a Japanese Christian received from the Government permission to translate and publish Williamson’s “Natural Theology.” This is worthy of notice because, so far as known, it was the first permission given for the publication of a distinctively Christian book. The work was spreading into the interior in various directions. In January, Rev. G. […]

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Rev. J.L. Atkinson's visit to Matsuyama!

The church in Kobe received a request from two men living in Matsuyama, a city about two hundred miles distant on the island of Shikoku, asking that someone be sent to preach the Christian religion to themselves and there friends. There being no one who could go for permanent residence, Rev. J.L. Atkinson, a missionary of the American board, decided […]

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Zeal of the Kumamoto Band of Brothers!

On the last Sunday of January 1876, a number of young men from the city of Kumamoto went to a hill on the outskirts of town, where they entered into a solemn covenant pledging themselves to follow Christ and to “Enlighten the darkness of the empire by preaching the Gospel, Even at the sacrifice of their lives” They were pupils […]

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by / on October 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm / in The Protestant Missions

The first Christian newspaper in Japan: Shichi Ichi Zappo!

In May, Rev. W. Dening, of the Church Missionary Society, opened a service in what had formerly been a large shop on the main street of Hakodate. On the second Sunday he baptised in the presence of a large crowd Mr. Ogawa, who afterwards became a prominent evangelist. Soon after this, active opposition began, Mr. Ogawa being annoyed and persecuted […]

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by / on September 28, 2010 at 11:10 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Joseph Hardy Neesima's Life story and Doshisha.

In 1875 there was begun in Kyoto, though only in a hired building, a school for young men. Previously the missionaries of the American Board had sought to gain an entrance into the old capital of the Empire and a Christian whose home was in Kyoto had joined with another from Kobe in asking the Central Government if a missionary […]

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