Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis is a limited expression of many years of interest in and love for the Kingdom of God in Japan. It is offered as a lay critique of the bases from which have developed trends toward unity in state and religion. It has been difficult not to descend to the level of a biased judge on the one hand or to scale the heights of the prophet on the other-, what with the alarming amount of misinformation available suggestive of the possibility of dramatic pronouncements based on half-truths. The Clan System, Shrine worship, war records, and the supposed reasons for the reported present-day trend away from the United Church of Christ in Japan have been omitted since each deserves fuller and abler treatment than is possible here.
Best, Earl Van, "The United Church of Christ in Japan: An Analysis of the Background of and Trends toward Unity in Religion and State Resulting in the Creation of the United Protestant Church in Japan" (1948). Graduate Thesis Collection. 329.