Theology of Culture in a Japanese Context
A Believers’ Church Perspective
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"A valuable study of the relation of Christianity and culture, of especial importance to Japanese Christians, but with relevance for all concerned with mission and ministry in post-Christian contexts."
Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education, and
Head of the Center for Theology, Religion, and Culture, King's College
"Readers of this splendid book will find it to be a masterly guide to the complexities of Japanese responses to Western Christian missionary endeavors in contexts of Japanese nationalism/cosmopolitanism/imperialism and the tragedy of defeat. An acute discussion of Niebuhr, Yoder, and Hauerwas is complemented by analysis of the theologies of Kazoh Kitamori, Yasuo Furuya, and Hideo Ohki . . . to generate a possible theology of culture for Japan and appropriate church structures."
Professor Emerita of Divinity, University of Durham
Honorary Professor of Divinity, University of St. Andrews
"The influence of the theologies of John Howard Yoder and Stanley Hauerwas now spans the globe. Fujiwara has shown, in this significant work, that any thoughtful deliberations regarding Christianity and culture--including a culture as different from the US as Japan--should include a serious consideration of the thought of Yoder and Hauerwas."
--Mark Thiessen Nation
Professor of Theology, Eastern Mennonite Seminary
"Fujiwara . . . offers his believer's church theology, based upon his critical study of the theology of H. Richard Niebuhr, John Howard Yoder, and Stanley Hauerwas, to evaluate critically three phases of the history of Christianity in the context of Japanese culture: the rise and development of Roman Catholic mission and church during the feudal 16-17th centuries, the rise and development of the Protestant mission and church from the opening of Japan (1860s) to the beginning of WWII (1945), and postwar Christianity (1945-1985)."
Author of The Clash of Civilizations: An Intrusive Gospel in Japanese Civilization (1999, 2005)