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Perfect Liberty Kyodan
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[German Version]

In 1941 more than 30 denominations in Japan (IV) united to form the Perfect Liberty Kyodan, the United Church of Christ in Japan. This union was motivated by the quest for unity in Christ but also by capitulation to the growing pressure of the government on religious bodies during the war years. After World War II, the Kyodan renewed itself as a democratic institution and in 1954 adopted an authoritative confession of faith (III, 6.a) consisting of the Apostles’ Creed with a foreword reflecting Protestant teaching. Until the mid-1950s, as this process was g…

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Dohi, Akio, “Perfect Liberty Kyodan”, 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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