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MMW 4T - Essay #3

MMW 4T - Essay #3 - Jimmy Huang Professor Edmond Chang and...

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Jimmy Huang Professor Edmond Chang and Matthew Herbst MMW 4T – Section 06 01 December 2010 Final Critical Analysis: Essay #3 Christianity has been traditionally known as the most central religion in the world to this day. In the 16 th century, Christianity was seeking to dominate many different countries, one of which was Japan. In “Myths, Missions, and Mistrust: The Fate of Christianity in 16 th and 17 th Century Japan”, John Nelson argued that the Japanese were the most misleading and deceitful people who were baptized as Christians because the Japanese daimyos did not trust in the Christians which led to the execution of all the Japanese Jesuits and Christians. The three selected works demonstrate additional information to Nelson’s work. In “The Emergence of the State in Sixteenth-Century Japan: From Oda to Tokugawa”, Wakita Osamu illustrated that the rise of power in the Japan was due to the Japanese political leaders. In “The Conversion of Hideyoshi’s Daughter Go”, Tomoko Kitagawa showed that even though Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the daimyos, was anti-Christian; his daughter later became a Christian convert. Lastly in “The Experiences of Christians during the Underground Years and Thereafter”, Peter Nosco presented that even if Christianity was prohibited, believers would still practice their beliefs underground. In the following composition, I will use these research essays to clarify the understanding of Nelson’s work. I agree that Christianity is considered as one of the most dominant religions because believers would practice it regardless of consequences; however the Japanese possessed a couple of despicable leaders who were too insecure and did not have enough confidence for Christianity, which initiated the execution of the Christians.
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I began to question whether Nelson was correct or not. Whether the Christians were too forceful in their conversion or whether it was due to the Japanese insecurity that led to the unsuccessful conversion of Christianity. Through Nelson’s work, Christianity has been introduced to show that Japan became interested in European military technology and other goods. Soon during the process of cooperating in trade between the Japanese and Europeans, Europeans adapted to the Japanese lifestyle and some Japanese converted to Christianity. The welcoming of the Europeans to Japan has increased the number of Christian converts and Japanese churches in Japan. However, the daimyos began to become suspicious of Japanese Jesuits and decided to ban Christianity. Nelson was seeking the reason why Japanese Jesuits and Christians ended up being exiled by Japanese daimyos. Nelson said that the Japanese leaders cared too much for the mission rather than for the potential religious belief and enabling trade. I think that this was because the Japanese daimyos was selfish leaders whom cared more about conquering other countries rather than to bond with other countries and utilizing each other’s benefits. Christianity ended up not being suitable for the Japanese.
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