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Mukyōkai (Nonchurch Movement)
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(Japanese: mu, “not,” and kyōkai, “church”). The Nonchurch movement was founded by K. Uchimura, whose serious quest as a Japanese to believe in Christ brought him into conflict with American missionaries and established churches. In 1900 he began to publish a monthly magazine, Seishono kenkyū (“Biblical Studies”), and with Sunday Bible study groups encouraged evangelism and fellowship with like-minded individuals. He called these groups mukyōkai. In his view, there was a sharp distinction between the community of believers and the institutiona…

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Dohi, Akio, “Mukyōkai (Nonchurch Movement)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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