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Title: Christian Existence in a Buddhist Context
Subtitle: The Theology of Yagi as a Contribution to an Interreligious Hermeneutics of the 'Other'
Author(s): FRITSCH-OPPERMANN, Sybille C.
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 13 Issue: 2 Date: 2003
In today's Japan, a country overwhelmingly shaped by Buddhist culture and folk religion, it is interesting to study models of dialogue theology developed there and used by first- and second-generation Christians, such as Katsumi Takizawa and Seiichi Yagi, in dealing with their lives as Christians in a Buddhist context. Yagi assumes that Christianity and Buddhism are comparable in that they share an existential foundation that can be accepted as given. Even where there are differences between Christian and Buddhist teachings, Yagi proceeds on the assumption of an existential correspondence between the Christian and the Buddhist life. Similarly, Takizawa tried to harmonise the teachings of Nishida and Barth and to remain faithful to both Nishida and Barth as revered teachers. Not infrequently this resulted in doubts regarding or even overinterpretations of both thinkers.