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Endo Shusaku’s Approach To Christianity

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This chapter discusses Endo Shusaku's theological reflection on the inculturation of Christianity. In order to understand the formation of his implicit theology, the chapter traces his personal history and examines the three stages of his literary development. The chapter looks at his personal dilemmas relating to his identity. It examines the form of his literature in connection with his approach to Christian faith. Endo focussed on a core of Christian teaching, the love of Christ in a deeper dimension, and the author understands this shaped his approach to the theology of inculturation. In the novels, Endo's faith is often projected through the characters and at times his work appears autobiographical. Endo often explores the metaphysical world by employing narrative, symbol, image, and metaphor from ordinary life. There are reasons to believe that this is based on his religiosity towards nature.

Keywords: Christianity; Endo Shusaku; inculturation; Japanese religiosity



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