Seminar: Although Japan today is one of the most affluent, well educated and technologically sophisticated societies on earth, Japanese culture and ways of thinking about religious matters have been significantly shaped by 1400 years of Buddhist influence. This seminar will include a very concise overview of Japanese Buddhism and will suggest some ways in which Buddhist (and Shinto) influences affect popular Japanese religiosity. Some implications for Christian witness in Japan will also be explored.
Dr. Harold Netland: He was born in Japan to missionary parents. He and his wife Ruth served as missionaries to Japan from 1984 -1993. Since 1993 he has been at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Studies.