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dear christian doc: a little less jujutsu, a little more aikido please
• Posted by: aaron   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at 6:21 p.m.
• IP Address: hse-montreal-ppp340810.sympatico.ca
• In Response to: Dr. Cespedes Defends the Christian Samurai (Dr. J. R. Cespedes, Ph.D)

yikes!

well, dr. j.r. cerpedes, i have no ph.d., but i'm a follower of christ and an avid reader, and it seems to me that for someone who likes to throw his "educated christian" weight around, you might have quite a bit to learn yourself!

you wrote (to jason):

> Stay awake during
> your English class, you may learn something. The fact that you misspelled
> the word "stupid" is also indicative of a poor education. At any
> rate, Since I am a historian, a Ph.D. in Education, and a jujutsuka as
> well as a Christian, I will attempt to elucidate you. Don't be turned-off
> by the fact that I am (very likely) a lot older than you. There is wisdom
> in age. First, get a dictionary Jason, or an encyclopedia (better yet, get
> both).

did they teach you in the course of your degree to insult people in order to teach them, brother? i bet you'll have better luck turning students off that way, or turning them into mindless regurgitators who secretly resent you.

the insulting reference you make to reference material is odd too, coming as it does from somebody who cribbed his post from the net!

did your eductaion degree teach you that plagiarism was OK too?

let's compare your words and national geographic's words:

you wrote to jason:

> For more than 50 years Christianity was a leading religion in feudal
> Japan. Along with the goods brought by Portuguese traders in the mid-1500s
> came Jesuit missionaries, who spread the Christian word to the poorest
> farmers as well as samurai barons, and who persuaded the Shogun to grant
> protection and freedom from taxes to the missionaries and their churches.
> Christianity thrived under Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan's great samurai
> leaders, and by 1580 there were an estimated 150,000 converts. Samurai
> were seen carrying rosaries, crosses on their helmets and, as swords
> clashed, cries of "Iesu" and "Santa Maria" echoed over
> the battlefield.

very interesting.
very familiar, too.

national geographic's site reads:

"For more than 50 years Christianity was a leading religion in feudal Japan. Along with the muskets brought by Portuguese traders in the mid-1500s came Jesuit missionaries, who spread the Christian word to the poorest farmers as well as samurai barons eager to gain access to foreign guns and trade. In 1559 a Jesuit father traveled to Kyoto, the capital, and convinced Shogun Ashikaga Yo#####eru to grant protection and freedom from taxes to the missionaries throughout the country. Christianity thrived under Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan's great samurai leaders, and by 1580 there were an estimated 150,000 converts. Churches and seminaries sprang up in the larger towns, and samurai were seen carrying rosaries in the streets. In battle, the Christian warlords wore crosses on their helmets and, as swords clashed, cries of "Jesu" and "Santa Maria" echoed over the battlefield."

now, really, doctor!
what's with the extended cut n' paste scholarship?

what kind of scholar passes off another's work as his own?

more to the point, what kind of follower of christ relies on titles and insults to make his point?

sorry for my brother's behaviour, jason.
if i had to guess, i'd say he's a little insecure in his social position, and sometimes takes it out on random non-academics like you.

these kinds of posts always look harsher on the screen, too, where we can't read people's twinkling eyes or wiggling eyebrows. the good doctor probably thinks he was really clever and funny. watch out, brother doctor - you're liable to do more damage than good with sharp words.

anyway, jason, please don't let him or the fundamentalists or me or anybody else scare you away from christ's teaching, or even from "christianity" in its many interesting forms.

aaron

p.s. if the samurai way interests you, but you don't like the pomposity and the dependence upon intimidation and violence, check out aikido.

aikido's founder was a highly trained master of samurai fighting, but he was inspired by (among many other things) christ's teaching, and developed his techniques into new ways to stop attacks without hurting people or attacking them in return. it's a fascinating art! aikido's founder was not a "christian" as the good doctor would probably define that term, but i believe he was a true follower of christ's teaching. he'd do anything to resist evil EXCEPT imitate it. now that's what i call a christian samurai.




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