Understanding Japan through the eyes of the Christian Faith is a very interesting book that goes into depth about a number of topics involving Christianity and Japan. I am reading because I am part of an online Japanese mission class. You can find more information at https://academy.rjcnetwork.org/ and you can also buy the book at https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Japan-Through-Christian-Faith/dp/9490179183 I will update weekly with a review of every chapter I read so you can learn more about my journey to Japan.
This book has a lot of useful stuff involving Japan and their beliefs. One thing I found interesting that the Author of the book oftentimes refers to Japan as her. It makes her sound like a very beautiful and vibrant country. Speaking of World War II I think we need to bridge the gap between Japan and Korea. Anyways, I find the Tungus people very interesting the book says that there are about 30,000 today. It’s a pretty high number considering how far they date back. An interesting theory in the book that it talks about is Japanese people are descended from one of the lost tribes of Israel. The book then goes into the mythological origins of Japan before it talks more in-depth about the Israel descendant theory. The author then states ‘“Mythological origins” refers what the Japanese believe to be the
formation of Japan as a nation and a people. Since this is a myth, it
is not supported by scientific evidence. Yet it is crucial because it
certainly has cultural value, which may influence the way the Japanese
people look at their nation and themselves.” Without spoiling too much he goes into great detail about the many gods and goddess the Japanese people believe. I think Shintoism is widely practiced but not widely believed. I found Nichiyu Dosoron Theories highly interesting but still a theory none the less. although it is just a theory, I found when the author related This festival with the story of Isaac in Genesis 22 in the Bible. To be very fascinating. Disobeying the commands of the Lord makes God very angry. Just like it says it Exodus 20:3-5 King James Version (KJV) 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
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