Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

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.