This week, we’ll continue our discussion of Japan’s Christian century with the high-point of Christian missionizing in Japan, starting with the arrival of St. Francis Xavier. Xavier’s mission will mark the start of Christianity’s spread through the islands, but within half a century the progress of the missionary movement will have halted and Japan’s Christians and the powers that support them will be facing serious threats to their power and position.
Listen to the episode here.
Boxer, CR. The Christian Century in Japan.
Sansom, George. A History of Japan, Vol II: 1334-1615.
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