- 東京女子大学比較文化研究所紀要 (ISSN:05638186)
- vol.74, pp.37-48, 2013
Myotei Mondo is a book of great significance as it is the first book and only one of its era on catechism written by a Japanese author, Fucan Fabian, and was published at the beginning of the 17th century, a period of Japanese history during which Christians were persecuted. After writing the book, however, Fucan Fabian gave up with his Christian faith and about 20 years later, he published his next work, Hadaiusu an anti-Christian book.The title Hadaiusu combines the characters'ha', meaning'confute', and'daiusu',meaning'God'My primary interest is the reasons behind Fucan Fabian change of view of Christianity. I speculate that the major factor was that he could not understand the doctrine of God. He may have had a lot of information about God, but he never grasped the real sense of the doctrine.In this paper, I will draw a parallel between Myotei Mondo and Hadaiusu and will then analyze Fucan Fabian's understanding of the doctrine of Christianity, especially his understanding of God. I hope to delve into the reason for the difficulty Japanese people have in accepting Christianity. I would like to explore whether there are particular aspects of the doctrine about God and Christianity that are difficult for Japanese people to accept.