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Accepting And Comprehending Christianity: Non-European Practice Of The Religion

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In both Japan and New France, those whom the Jesuits would convert to Christianity interpreted Christianity and its practice in widely varying ways. The two treatises of Whelan and Blanchard have unintentionally disclosed three problems of historical epistemology on non-European Christianity. First, they have become mired in a psychological interpretation influenced by personal religious understanding and piety, which leads them to inconclusive results. The second problem is how to judge the authenticity of conversion to Christianity on the part of non-Christians. The third epistemological issue is how to identify a typical Christian in regions that were once non-Christian. The discussion of the Japanese acceptance and comprehension of Christianity will initially confirm three basic tenets. In the Amerindian imagination, baptism was affected by a desire for reunion with deceased relatives in the next world, after death.

Keywords: Amerindian; Christianity; France; historical epistemology; Japan; Jesuits; non-European



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