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This front matter section of this book tilled Christ in Japanese Culture: theological themes in Shusaku Endo's literary works contains acknowledgements, foreword Prof. Ursula King, Preface and a list of abbreviations. Much research has been devoted to the relationship of Christianity and culture in Japan. Japanese words for this relationship vary, expressing such meanings as ?acceptance', ?reception', or ?perception'. A frequently used word is dochaku, which literally means ?to take root in the soil'. Questions about the acceptance of Christianity in Japan were discussed in the 1960's following the publication of the book by Richard H. Niebuhr, Christ and Culture. Niebuhr developed several paradigms to illustrate different ways of interpreting Christ in culture: 1) Christ against Culture, 2) Christ of Culture, 3) Christ above Culture, 4) Christ in paradox with Culture, and 5) Christ the transformer of Culture.

Keywords: Christianity; Japanese culture; Richard H. Niebuhr



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