Religion: God and the Emperor

Christianity's most serious crisis since Commodore Perry in 1853 opened Japan to missionaries and traders this week faced the Church in Japan—a crisis so serious that U. S. missionaries may soon be driven from Japan, and Japanese churches slump for want of foreign funds. The Church found itself at odds with Caesar. Like many an unmilitant democracy, Japanese Christians of late years had followed the easy course of appeasement, tried at once to conciliate Japan's rulers and still preserve the spiritual and temporal gains they had made in three generations of missionary...

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