The Norwegian-American Lutheran Experience in 1950s Japan Hardback

Stepping Up to the Cold War Challenge

by John E. Ingulsrud; Kate Allen;


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The Norwegian-American Lutheran Experience in 1950s Japan

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Stepping Up to the Cold War Challenge: The Norwegian-American Lutheran Experience in 1950s Japan describes the events that led to the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC), an American Christian denomination, to respond to General MacArthur's call for missionaries. This Church did not initially respond, but did so in 1949 only after their missionaries had been expelled from China due to the victory of communist forces on the mainland. Because they feared Japan would also succumb to communism in less than ten years, the missionaries evaded ecumenical cooperation and social welfare projects to focus on evangelism and establishing congregations. Many of the ELC missionaries were children and grandchildren of Norwegian immigrants who had settled as farmers on the North American Great Plains. Based on interview transcripts and other primary sources, this book intimately describes the personal struggles of individuals responding to the call to be a missionary, adjusting to life in Japan, learning Japanese, raising a family, and engaging in mission work.
As the Cold War threat diminished and independence movements elsewhere were ending colonialism, missionaries were compelled to change methods and attitudes. The 1950s was a time when missionaries went out much in the same manner that they did in the nineteenth century. Through the voices of the missionaries and their Japanese coworkers, the book documents how many of the traditional missionary assumptions begin to be questioned.

The Norwegian-American Lutheran Experience in 1950s Japan by John E. Ingulsrud; Kate Allen was published by Lexington Books in December 2015. The ISBN for The Norwegian-American Lutheran Experience in 1950s Japan is 9781498524803.

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Page last updated 13th December 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherLexington Books (December 2015)
Weight644g
Number of Pages332
Thickness30 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9781498524803
ISBN-10149852480X
Product Code4378746
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