Episode 427 – The Ones Who Walked Away

This week, we’re taking some material from the cutting room floor of last series to talk about the stories of two Japanese Christians, both of whom became ordained priests–and both of whom apostatized. What led these men to the faith? Why did they leave it? And what do their lives tell us about the course of Japan’s Christian century?

Listen to the episode here.


Hesselink, Reinier. The Dream of Christian Nagasaki: World Trade and the Clash of Cultures, 1560-1640

Elisonas, JSA. “Journey to the West.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 34, No 1 (2007)

Boxer, Charles Ralph.The Christian Century in Japan, 1549-1650


A painting of the Tensho ambassadors meeting Pope Gregory XIII.
An illustration of the Tensho ambassadors from a report on the embassy. Chijiwa Miguel is on the bottom right.


1 thought on “Episode 427 – The Ones Who Walked Away”

  1. I feel like Araki was on the route to heresy had he not been arrested and tortured. Chijiwa sounded more disillusioned.

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