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By Jon Thares Davidann

ISBN-10: 0934223432

ISBN-13: 9780934223430

3 comparable topics weave during the event of the yankee YMCA missionaries and jap Christians among 1890-1930: the relationship among nationwide id and Christianity, ensuing conflicts among those Christians, and an alternating feel of situation and development. within the Nineteen Twenties, tensions among americans and jap leaders led the yank YMCA missionary flow to reevaluate its goal and compelled it clear of nationalism.

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So the connections between the Northfield meeting and Pierson's book were established even before the meeting of 1886. 9 Consequently, the YMCA picked up quickly on the sense of crisis Pierson had communicated. At the Second Summer Conference in 1887, Rev. Joseph Chamberlain, who was a missionary to India, spoke in a heartfelt manner about the task that confronted missionaries, invoking the same sense of crisis as Pierson had at the previous year's conference. "Are we going to give them [the unconverted] the religion of our Jesus?

1 However, the logical inconsistencies of this union made it very unstable, and the clashing of progressive linear time and the demands of nationalism created discourses that were crisis-ridden. The Americans could not re-create a ''Kingdom on Earth," which would end historical time, without missionary progress in the world, and yet this search for progress moved them into the chaos of historical time and intercultural history that eventually destroyed their original vision. Japanese Christians constructed an essential Japanese identity that for a time successfully combined modern Christianity with the timeless essence of "bushido" ethics (defined as the way of the warrior).

His and others' dramatic characterization of this "mighty emergency" was alone enough to motivate missionary work. 15 Strong identified the strength of the Anglo-Saxon race and the bountiful West of the United States as creating progress, although these were also in crisis, with the end of the Western frontier, and with the influx of other races into the United States. A missionary movement at home and abroad was Strong's hope for escape from crisis and renewal of progress. 16 As had Strong, Pierson claimed a unique role for American Protestantism.

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