History of Christianity in Japan

Herbert Moore [1863-1943], The Christian Faith in JapanThis book is a history of the growth of the church in Japan, focusing on the work of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the public domain.

Herbert Moore [1863-1943], The Christian Faith in Japan. Westminster: The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, 1904. Hbk. pp.151. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. The Country
  2. The People
  3. The Years That Are Past
  4. The Awakening of Japan
  5. Buddhism in Japan
  6. Shinto
  7. The Heritage of the Ages
  8. Re-Laying the Foundations of the Church
  9. S.P.G. Work in Tokyo
  10. S.P.G. Work in Kobe
  11. The Edifying of the Body of Christ
  12. S.P.G. Work in Towns and Villages
  13. The More Distant Work of the Japan Church
  14. Things That Hinder
  15. Things That Help
  16. Looking Forward


Prefatory Note

The aim of this little volume is not to give a complete account of missionary work in Ja pan, still less to provide a general description of the country or the people, but to afford to the general reader a sufficient introduction to both to enable him to appreciate the work which the ‘Holy Catholic Church of Japan’ has already accomplished, and its prospects of development in the immediate future. By far the greater number of professing Christians in Japan at the present time are attached to the Russian or the Roman Missions or to Missions started by various Non-conformist Bodies. It is from no desire to create a false impression of the importance, from a numerical standpoint, of the Japan Church that a detailed account of these other Missions has been omitted. The omission is simply due to exigencies of space. The Rev. Herbert Moore, to whom the Society is indebted for writing this account of its work, was a member of the St. Andrew’s Brotherhood, Tokyo, from 1891 to 1895 and was afterwards a missionary at Kobe for two years. [Continue reading]


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