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Epilogue—The Seed Of Christ Sown In Culture

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The process of inculturation is to plant the seed and plough the soil in order for the plant to bud. Endo Shusaku's shift from a Christocentric to Pneuma-centric image suggests that the creative power of God is at work in the wider world. The seed will grow in the culture, and even if the seedling is not exactly the same as that of the West, it is a Christian way of relating to religious plurality. In Deep River, one of the main themes was the incarnation of Christ, which had to be re-interpreted in order for it to present the hope of salvation. In the novel Endo searched for a life-affirming spirituality from several perspectives: atheist, Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian. Endo's theology, implicit in his literary works, brings about the mutual understanding of East and West in spiritual terms through proposing a harmony in diversity.

Keywords: Christian theology; Deep River; Endo Shusaku; inculturation



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