Japanese Understanding of Salvation


The dominating worldview in Japan is deeply animistic. Beliefs such as the Japanese mana-concept, ki (気) and the concept of God/god(s), kami (神), are pervasive among Japanese, fundamentally influencing their society. Dr. Heißwolf critically examines the animism in Japan in light of core Christian beliefs. This meticulous study is framed squarely within missiological thought and praxis so Christians serving in Japanese contexts are better able to communicate the message of the Gospel by fully understanding Japanese people.

About the Author

Martin Heißwolf, a German missionary to Japan, gained his DTh in Missiology from the University of South Africa. His involvement in evangelism, church planting, counselling, community work, and teaching in Japanese society since 1991 have been his basis for listening to Japanese people. It is from this listening that he has gained insights into Japanese oral folk beliefs that have been pivotal to his research into Japanese animism. He and his wife, Andrea, a fellow missionary to Japan, have seven children.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783683703

Category: Global Perspectives, Theology

Region: Asia

Publishing Date: 2018-02-14

Number of pages: 702


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