In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians is the amazing story of oppression, secrecy and courage in the face of human cruelty and God’s apparent silence. Part history and part travelogue, it explores and seeks to explain a clash of civilizations—of East and West—that still raises its head today.
For many centuries, Japan’s ‘Hidden Christians’ secretly practised a faith that was forbidden on pain of death. Just as remarkably, descendants of those Hidden Christians continue to practise their beliefs till this day, refusing to rejoin either the Buddhist faith, or the predominantly Catholic Church. Why? And what is it about Japanese culture that makes it so resistant to Western Christianity?
About the Author:
John Dougill grew up in Grimsby, UK, but spent most of his life abroad. He currently lives in Kyoto, Japan, where he is Professor of British Studies at Ryukoku University. While working as a teacher, he also spent three years in the Middle East and seven years in Oxford before moving to Japan in 1986. In addition to his other books, he has written twelve Japanese college textbooks.