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Japanese envoy to Holy See explains society's resistance to Christianity

Catholic World News - August 19, 2010

Japan’s ambassador to the Holy See offers some thoughts on the difficulties of introducing Christianity into that society. Ancient cultural precepts that minimize the importance of the individual and encourage skepticism of absolute claims work against the introduction of Christian thought, says Ambassador Kagefumi Ueno. He adds that Japanese traditionally direct their reverence toward nature, and tend to regard Christianity with suspicion as a “foreign” influence.

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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Aug. 20, 2010 9:03 AM ET USA

    The idea of God is foreign to Buddhism, especially the Zen popular in Japan. In fact, historically the Buddha repudiated the mere idea of a Creator God, much less the need for something like grace. Buddhism is pretty much an atheistic Pelgianism. I spent close to ten years as a Buddhist by the way. It was only grace that pulled me out from under that darkness and falsehood. Maybe we all ought to say a Rosary--at least a decade, for the conversion of Japan to the True Faith.

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