In an ensuing crisis of faith, it seemed to him as if Christianity itself had made him ill. A situation presents itself. They have lots of time to ponder their reception while on the ocean voyage from China to Japan. Rodrigues is the priest who is not a priest, even as Japanese Christianity is the church that is not the Church.
Christianity simply cannot put down roots here…you were not defeated by me…You were defeated by this swamp of Japan. Endo worried that Christianity might well be ill-suited to the temperament of Japanese religious psychology, which he felt demanded a more forgiving and accommodating God than the image of God that was being propagated by the Catholic church.
Ever since his baptism at the age of 11 at the behest of his mother, Endo often spoke of a faith as awkward as a forced marriage, as uncomfortable as a Western suit of clothes. We all make our God out of wholecloth. What man of God would give up his faith and deny his spiritual Father? Soon after his arrival the young missionary is himself captured and forced to witness the brutal torture of native Japanese converts, a process that will only cease if Rodrigues is prepared to trample on the image of Christ.
It is important to mention that this edition of Silence is a re-release of the original translation by William Johnston, complete with his excellent and contextualizing introduction.
The truth is I have travelled all the way to Japan, in part, to seek out an answer to this very question. Overlay that with an evangelical, independent individual framework, and faith became a boxy cage very quickly.
The Final Martyrs English translation in A series of eleven short stories published in Japan between and Why has Our Lord imposed this torture and this persecution on poor Japanese peasants?
He has not yet discerned correctly the face of Christ. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures. Sin is for one man to walk brutally over the life of another and to be quite oblivious of the wounds he has left behind.
Endo's baptism, and his journey to France, rocked the foundation of his identity. As Rodrigues looks upon a fumi-e, Christ breaks his silence: Helpless to avert the martyrdom of his fellows, he strains to hear the voice of God, still silent as Japanese Christians are drowned in the leaden-gray, murderous sea.
Here one can discover Endo's papers, manuscripts, letters, books, pens, even his clothes, all housed in a building that faces west. Having listened to my long-winded answer to his question, Mr Kato seems pleased now to "understand" why Endo means so much to a writer from the other side of the world.
Silence challenges the ability for outward expressions, to adequately reflect internal faith. The Golden Country In the novel, Kichijiro, a pestering but Christian local shadows Rodrigues and Garrpe, tempting them with unanswerable problems of faith: The second way is found in the Japanese Christians, from their joy at receiving a crucifix and prayer beads to their willingness to undergo martyrdom.
Endo recognized that as a Japanese Christian he was a walking oxymoron, an anomaly in his native culture, and a hostile witness to the Westerners seeking to understand and contextualize his work.
These are some of the questions that the Japanese Christian novelist Shusaku Endo asks in his spare and elegant novel Silence, long a staple in the University Scholars program at Seattle Pacific University.
Hasekura is a reluctant envoy who first despises the emaciated man on the cross who serves as the symbol of this baffling faith Velasco represents, and later embraces him as the only light in a civilization growing darker day by day.
If a tailor were to disassemble a Western suit in order to fashion a Japanese kimono, would it still be a suit? The missionary Pedro Velasco hopes to become primate of a Catholic Japan and his mission is to bargain for a crusade to Japan in return for trading rights.
Rodrigues keeps visualizing Christ, and he must discern what the image means. Only then did he discover an alternative to the lofty cathedrals and the militant triumphalism of Western Christianity. Death is never just death. In fact, as I decide to order yet another cup of coffee I realise that the inflexible rigidity of the Japanese society that Endo portrays does, in fact, strike a familiar chord in me.
And Makoto Fujimura recently released a beautiful book on it. And today, if we are to survive our 21st-century world, slippage, hybridity and change must be embraced and go unpunished.Shusaku Endo: Japanese Apologist. January 25th, | Skip to comments.
Shusaku Endo () Shusaku Endo was an award-winning Japanese fiction writer and television personality, born in Tokyo in He lived with his parents in Manchuria untilwhen they divorced, then accompanied his mother back to her hometown, Kobe, Japan.
Originally written inShusaku Endo’s Silence is a timeless classic of faith and the challenges of remaining true to oneself amidst hardship. Set in Japan in the midth century, Silence tells the story of two Portuguese missionaries as they attempt to plant the “sapling” of Christianity among the Japanese.
There’s a lot of interest lately in Silence—the book by Shusaku Endo. Director Martin Scorsese is releasing a movie based on the book just before Christmas.
And Makoto Fujimura recently released a beautiful book on it. Shusaku Endo has always fascinated me. Published in by legendary Japanese Catholic author Shusaku Endo, Silence follows Father Sebastien Rodrigues, a Jesuit priest, as he performs missionary work in Japan during the height of the country's persecution of Christians in the s.
His mission: to learn the truth about his former teacher, who supposedly renounced his faith after. The novel Silence (), which most critics consider to be Endo's masterpiece, is an austere historical drama which deals more directly with the religious concerns which plagued Endo's entire life.
Silence is a modern classic by Shusaku Endo. On the cover a crucified Jesus hangs from Japanese writing characters.
On the cover a crucified Jesus hangs from Japanese writing characters. My friend, Carol, recommended this book to me awhile back and I've had it sitting on my bookshelf/5.Download