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Early Meiji Buddhism and the Shintoist Challenge

Hans Martin Krämer

in Shimaji Mokurai and the Reconception of Religion and the Secular in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824851538
eISBN:
9780824868079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824851538.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter looks at the events of the early 1870s, which provide the context for the modern Japanese word for “religion,” shūkyō. The first element of the new term, shū, was in fact the most ... More


Western Sources of Knowledge

Hans Martin Krämer

in Shimaji Mokurai and the Reconception of Religion and the Secular in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824851538
eISBN:
9780824868079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824851538.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter reconstructs Shimaji's encounters during his trip to Europe, demonstrating the Western influence on his concept of religion. Instead of treating “the West” or “Christianity” as a black ... More


From “Sectarian Teaching” to “Religion”

Hans Martin Krämer

in Shimaji Mokurai and the Reconception of Religion and the Secular in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824851538
eISBN:
9780824868079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824851538.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter turns to another key aspect of the reconception of religion by referring to the conceptual legacy inherent in shūkyō. The new term came to be formed only because of its opposition to ... More


Introduction

Hans Martin Krämer

in Shimaji Mokurai and the Reconception of Religion and the Secular in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824851538
eISBN:
9780824868079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824851538.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This introductory chapter argues that “reconception” (rather than “invention”) is the proper tool with which to approach what happened to “religion” in modern Japan. It situates Shimaji Mokurai ... More


Shimaji Mokurai and the Reconception of Religion and the Secular in Modern Japan

Hans Martin Krämer

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824851538
eISBN:
9780824868079
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824851538.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Religion is at the heart of ongoing political debates in Japan such as the constitutionality of official government visits to Yasukuni Shrine, yet the categories that frame these debates, religion ... More


The Long History of Religion’s Opposites: “The Secular” and “Secularization”

Hans Martin Krämer

in Shimaji Mokurai and the Reconception of Religion and the Secular in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824851538
eISBN:
9780824868079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824851538.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter stresses the historical semantics of secularization, analyzing secularization as a concept used in discursive attempts to understand and structure historical experience rather than as an ... More


The Modern Tradition

Melissa Anne-Marie Curley

in Pure Land, Real World: Modern Buddhism, Japanese Leftists, and the Utopian Imagination

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780824857752
eISBN:
9780824873653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824857752.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Abbot Kōnyo’s pastoral letter of 1871 codifies an understanding of the Pure Land as a transcendent realm, attainable only after death, and of faith as a private matter of the heart. This ... More


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