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Progress of Christianity in Japan.

The ' Hochi Shirabun,! a leading Japanese newspaper, discussing recently the progress of Christianity in Japan, says it is slow buo sure. There is nothing striking about the number of converts added each year to the roll of Japanese Christians, or about the increase of the propagandists' ministrations. But, on the other hand, the foreign faith advances surely and steadily, planting its feet firmly as it goes and never retrograding for an instant. Those who estimate its-development by the results attained in a week or a day 'can form no true idea. They must watch it for half a year or more, and they will then discover that what it lacks in extent it gains in stability. Opportunities to test the influence it has exercised upon the public mind are, of course, few and far between. Its diligence in the cause of female education, and its untiring efforts to improve the status of Japanese women, are also quoted as easily discernible evidence of the progress it is making. "In short," the ' Hochi Shimbun' concludes "that Christianity will ultimately attain to power by gradual and steady accumulation of merits is a fact of which we are convinced by long observation. If ifc progress at its present rate its future is assured." The writer then proceeds to call upon Buddhists to bestir themselves in the cause of their faith. They cannot possibly meet ths crises, he tells them, by indulging in slanderous diatribes against Christianity at their anti-Christian meetings. Other and worthier means must be resorted to. Above all he denounces the recent agitation among Buddhist priests to be allowed to take part in politics. He asks what use they would make of that privilege if they obtained it. Even supposing that they secured the ear of the electors and succeeded in getting a number of their representatives returned for the new Parliament, could they hope to propagate Buddhism and defeat Christianity by a Parliamentary vote or by the aid of political interference : "If measures of this kind are relied on, ihe future of Buddhism is indeed hi a perilous condition."

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Progress of Christianity in Japan., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2461, 8 July 1890

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Progress of Christianity in Japan. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2461, 8 July 1890