The Oriental herald and colonial review [ed. by J.S. Buckingham].
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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: James Silk Buckingham
Excerpt from book: 02 On the Extinction of Christianity in Japan. pagodas, and signed an attestation of their orthodoxy with their blood. Christianity was extinct: and Itiullia and the Kami remained trinmphant throughout the whole empire of Japan. With respect to the renegades from Christianity, Government kept a correct list of them and their dwellings, and they incessantly watched their movements : and it was confidently believed by the most intelligent of the Japanese that one day or another it would cut them all off at a moment's warning, and thus remove every trace of heresy from the empire. Perhaps our readers would he gratified by learning how much knowledge the people of Japan had acquired of Christianity when they consented to suffer so much for its sake. We dare say they suppose the Catholic priests had laboured to enlighten their minds, and at the same time to improve their morals, and enlarge their sympathies. Previous to the coming of the Europeans, these Japenese barbarians, it is imagined, could have had no books, no arts, no civilization. Together with their religious dogmas the Portuguese would therefore have introduced learning and refinement into those remote isles, and have proved to be at once the religious and political saviours of that vast country. These views of the matter, however, are quite erroneous : for it is very questionable whether the Catholic missionaries were so well informed as the people they attempted to convert: and as to the knowledge of Christianity they communicated to their catechumens, it amounted, says the Dutch narrator, merely to these few points :that there is but one God, and one religion : and that the professors of all other creeds are to be eternally damned. Hell they painted in horrors inexpressible: heaven with equal joys. This was all th...