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American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan$
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Elisheva A. Perelman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528141

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528141.001.0001

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“The Nazareth of the Orient”

“The Nazareth of the Orient”

The Particular Work of the Evangelists

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American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan

Elisheva A. Perelman

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines how foreign, Protestant nondenominational evangelical organizations in Japan around the turn of the 20th century utilized the moral enterprise for their own ends. By appearing to balance the good of their organization with the good of the Japanese state in their dealings, such evangelical groups were able to seek converts and patronage in a nation not necessarily amenable to Christian doctrine. These organizations had to, in turn, calculate the profits of human versus monetary economy in their soteriological work. In this dual balancing act, many turned to medical missionary labors as a way to perfect the moral enterprise. Yet, rarely were conversions or improved relations with the government forthcoming. However, the Russo-Japanese War proved a watershed in evangelical work supporting the Japanese state and, thus, appearing to “win” the moral enterprise.

Keywords:   Evangelists, Moral enterprise, Medical Missions, Russo-Japanese War

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