The Cross and the Rising Sun: The Canadian Protestant by A. Hamish Ion

By A. Hamish Ion

Drawing on either Canadian and eastern resources, this ebook investigates the lifestyles, paintings, and attitudes of Canadian Protestant missionaries in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan (the 3 major constituent elements of the pre-1945 jap empire) from the arriving of the 1st Canadian missionary in East Asia in 1872 until eventually 1931. Canadian missionaries made an important contribution to the improvement of the Protestant move within the eastern Empire. but their impression additionally prolonged a ways past the Christian sphere. via their academic, social, and scientific paintings; their function in introducing new Western principles and social objectives; and their outspoken feedback of the brutalities of jap rule in colonial Korea and Taiwan, the actions of Canadian missionaries had an influence on many alternative features of society and tradition within the jap Empire. Missionaries dwelling within the eastern Empire served as a hyperlink among voters of Japan and Canada and acted as depended on interpreters of items jap to their domestic elements.

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Yet the challenge of Taiwan, while vividly illustrating the weakness of the missionary movement when faced with a colonial government dedicated to modernization, also revealed a very positive side of the missionary movement: unusual circumstances highlighted the sterling qualities that many missionaries possessed. What happened in the Japanese Empire differed from what took place in Japan, largely because of cultural, political, economic, and religious differences. Even though the response was different, missionaries in Korea in the late nineteenth century were confronted with many of the problems that had faced missionaries in Japan some twenty years before.

The Japanese admired the first generation of missionaries for their learning and intellectual breadth. The generation of missionaries, who were products of the student volunteer movement and missionaries by vocation, did not seem as wise and learned as their predecessors, at least in the eyes of a mature Uchimura. In contrast, some Japanese Christian leaders like J. S. 14 For their part, missionaries continued to regard themselves as important in the development of the Japanese Christian movement.

5 As Home Mission Boards of the Canadian churches were tackling this problem, they were simultaneously faced in eastern Canada with severe problems posed by urbanization, which was undermining denominations that traditionally had derived their support from rural constituencies. H. H. "6 The union of the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregational churches in 1925, forming the United Church of Canada, was in part caused by a desire to facilitate this work in western Canada. Union brought the Canadian Methodist and Presbyterian missions in Japan and Korea under one central United Church Missionary Society in Toronto.

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