This study began with the question of why there are significantly fewer Christians in Japan, compared to Korea or China. To determine the answer, an in-depth analysis of the novel, Silence written by the Catholic Shusaku Endo, was conducted. This book concluded that there was a need for a thorough revision of the issue of the indigenization of Christianity in Japan.
Silence is a reflection by the author written at the delicate border between religion and literature, though it is sometimes criticized for being nothing more than the introdution of a distorted form of Christianity.
At the climactic moment, in the contrasting structure of the voice of God stasting, “You may trample.” and “the rooster crowed”, Endo highlights the mysterious question again by citing the Bible. This study attempted to examine the mystery presented by the author by comparing it to the Bible.