Departmental Bulletin Paper 内村鑑三と仏教―諸宗教の神学との関連で―

杉田, 俊介  ,  Shunsuke, SUGITA

Since the middle of the 20th century, the relationship between Christianity and other world religions has been one of the major points for discussion in Christian theology. Some of the major arguments, represented by John Hick's "religious pluralism", are well known in Japan ; however, Japanese theologists have been reluctant to discuss "religions". What lies behind this inclination is a strong concern that discussing religions may lead to ruining Christianity in Japan. It also should be noted, however, how to conceptualize religions has an important meaning in the contextualization of Christianity in Japan. In the 1960s, the importance of maintaining productive tensions between Christianity and Japanese society was discussed and acknowledged. However, since the 1970s, the contextualization of Christianity has not been meaningfully discussed in Japan. Accordingly, it is necessary to explore how to conceptualize religions while maintaining productive tensions in the context of Japan. To achieve this end, this article focuses on the UCHIMURA Kanzo's discussions about Buddhism, particularly his ideas of the absolute values of Christianity, the respect for other religions, and his critiques on the Western and Japanese situations at the time.

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