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The first Buddhist delegation was sent to Europe as early as 1872; since such travels represented a new trend, however, they will more appropriately be dealt with in the examination of BuddhistChristian relations after 1873. They will be led astray by the heresy and become a [rebellious] band of brutes. 60 Even Fukuda Gyokai*, who distinguished sharply between secu Page 31 lar and religious concerns, argued that the "Imperial Way" and the "Ways of Confucius and Buddha" were as intimately related as warp and woof, beginning and end.
Nevertheless, the inner decay, the strong current of antiBuddhist thought, and the antiBuddhist policy of the Meiji government seemed to many observers to represent the final blows to Buddhism, reducing it to a crumbling remnant of the past, unable to respond to the challenges of the new age. 3. Included in Shigeyoshi Murakami, Japanese Religion in the Modern Century (Tokyo, 1980). Courtesy of University of Tokyo Press. Compromise seemed impossible. 54 Nevertheless, similar studies were pursued with great zeal during the rest of the century.
Gulick, American missionary Missionary Attitudes The missionary movement in Japan in the nineteenth century comprised at least three distinct traditions: the Roman Catholic missionaries of the Paris Missionary Society; the mission of the Orthodox Church, represented primarily by Father Nicolai, who later became archbishop; and the Protestant missions, represented by Anglican missionaries from England and the United States and by American missionaries of various Protestant denominations deeply rooted in New England piety.