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The Evangelical Mandate in Acts 1:8 and its Implication for the Mission of the Church
The impact of Christianity in Igboland is tremendous. It nearly affected all the traditional institutions educationally, politically, religiously, and so on. The style with which the missionaries preached and executed the postulate, radicalized the understanding of their christian adherents in general.
This research was taken because of the desire to interprete the meaning of the Church to a local congregation in which many members have warped idea of what the churc h is a l l a b o u t .
Igbo Traditional Religion was b u i l t on the Igbo worldview which recognised t h e existence of the supreme Being, d i v i n i t i e s , minor Deities, Cosmic forces and the world and the r o l e of the ancestors.
Healing of family roots is a practice among some Christians, which involves the performing of rituals and offering of prayers, aimed at healing the lineage of an individual, family or community. This practice emanates from the belief that persons inherit punishments, covenants, and evil from their forebears. Africans seem to be indepthly controlled by their religious convictions. It therefore becomes obvious that any Christian practice or trend which is as popular as healing of family roots has become among the Igbo people, will go a long way to impact on their lives and affect the Igbo nation as a society as well as the whole of Nigeria by extension. The main aim of the study was therefore to examine the tenets of this practice with a view to critically evaluating its impact on Igbo Christians and society. Information from secondary sources was used to augment those elicited through structured oral interviews .The data collected were analysed using the phenomenological approach, while the social theory of structural functionalism formed the theoretical framework. The result of the study showed that healing of family roots seems to have made commendable impact on the lives of some Igbo Christians by fostering unity and solidarity among the members of families and communities, bringing physical as well as economic healing to persons, among others. There is also enough evidence to support the opinion of a minority that it has actually done remarkable harm as well by causing conflicts, creating an avenue for fraud, encouraging laziness and so on. The study concluded that the negative trends of this practice should be curbed and the benefits maximized and went ahead to offer recommendations that may lead to the achievement of this goal.
This research work sets out to examine the denominational influences on the choice of life partners in Owerri, Imo State. As a result of the proliferation of churches in Nigeria today with particular reference to Owerri municipality in Imo State, young men and women have not found it easy in their choice of marriage because of the influence of various religious denominations. There seem to be religious bias and antagonism among some denominations and these have affected them adversely. A historical method has been adopted by the researcher to get at the substance of this research work. The researcher made use of both primary and secondary sources of information. Most of the works reviewed in the literature observed that denominational influence or religion is a very big determinant necessary in the choice of partners. It is found out that there are factors that leads people to enter into mixed marriages such as Education, Job, Low – economic status, Social mobility, Trade, Proximity, Religion, etc. It is also found out that there are some factors that cause problems in denominational marriages in Imo State such as Adultery, Childlessness/Impotence, Difference in temperament, chronic sickness, Language, Age, Failure to provide etc. Religion and culture play a very important role in mixed marriage. Culture is seen as an important issue in mixed marriage; for it is found out that what is abhorred in one’s culture may be accepted and approved by another culture. The study recommends that denominational influences on the choice of life partners generally is so worrisome that many intending couples go about marrying whom they do not want to marry in the name stiff-necked doctrines. With regard to the major churches - as institutions - it would help a great deal if they were to be proactive in ensuring that current agreed policies and procedures for conducting mixed marriages are well-known and easily available, preferably in printed form. This would include not just references to and descriptions of procedures and steps to be taken. But also the availability of forms of counselling, ideally agreed among churches. This would relate not just to the two people wishing to be married, but also to their families: and not just to the events before and during the marriage, but also to the many recognised and trying events and decisions following the marriage. Religion should play the role of ecumenism among other denominations as Christians believe in one Lord Jesus Christ. It should be seen as a source of unity not discriminations. “Thus religiously, denominational marriages were relatively stigmatized by the institutional church”. Denominational marriages should not be encouraged in our society since it brings disunity, intolerance and also discourages harmony and co-operation among people of different cultural and religious groups.
The evidence before us in this 21st century is pervasive and clear, that religion still exists and remains surprisingly vibrant and socially relevant. This is particularly true in Nigeria and in most of the rest of the world as well. As a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, Nigeria is a pluralistic society. Constitutionally and in principle, Nigeria is a secular state that promotes freedom of worship, but the situation on ground is contrary to the expectation of the constitution. Successive Nigerian governments have at different times fallen into traps of getting involved in religious affairs. The study explores the constitutional adoption of secularism as a religious balancing device in Nigeria in other to pave way for mutual co-existence of the major religions and tribes in Nigeria, and to examine the pervasive politicization of religion in modern Nigeria. The study adopted ex-post-design in generating data for this study from documentary evidence using secondary sources method, and the data was analyzed using descriptive method. The work established the need to curtail the negative threats that religion poses to nation building and inform the constitutional adoption of secularism. The study recommended the need for the Nigerian government to ensure the supremacy of the constitution and to separate religion from politics. The study finally draws its conclusion that, it is possible for Nigeria to develop its form of secularism that can promote neutrality and freedom of worship in consideration of the pluralistic nature of the Nigerian society.
The concept of sin and its atonement have been the subject of
everyday discussion in religious circles. Sin has done more harm
than good to humanity and because of this, man from the beginning
have never relented in his search for a reliable means of atoning for
sins Committed so as to be in harmony with his maker one's more. In
order to find out what actually constitute sin in Igbo traditional religion
and culture, as well as how the sins committed could be atoned for,
Ezza community is taken by the researcher as a case study
This work undertook to study the nature of conflict that from time to time arises both within the Church and around it with particular reference to the Diocese of Enugu, Anglican Communion. It is to critically examine how they are managed and prevented from escalating and disturbing the work of ministry and the entire society. We made use of phenomenological methodology in this research work because it is the most suitable research method for this type of research work and therefore collected our data through interviews, observation, reports and use of library materials. The Church’s approach to conflict management is unique. They adapt to the best possible most peaceful way or method to deal with conflict and this attitude is commending. Hence it was discovered that the Church is one of the most peaceful loving organization in our society and should be granted a reasonable rights to practice or participate in social mitigation in terms of conflict management. This will make the Church to be much more sensitive and alert to conflict management. Since a peaceful society is a way to a developing society, the concept of conflict management and the Church is apt to our national development. Conflict management is every bodies business, but organization like the Church that has a record of managing conflict properly should be highly commended.
The study examines Solomon’s wisdom and discerning mind as a strategy towards achieving effective leadership in Nigeria. Nigeria is blessed with abundant human resources. Furthermore, her materials resources are unquantifiable. Ordinarily, it is expected that good living, social justice, and equity should be the order of the day, but this hope is being dashed looking at the contemporary Nigerian situation. The level of poverty, unemployment, and protests going on in the country is a proof of the failure of leadership. It was discovered that the poor state of mind of Nigerian leaders and lack of consciousness of leadership responsibility, particularly in managing the divergent human and material resources has contributed to the sorry state of the Nation, politically and otherwise. This study utilized the narrative analysis which is mostly used to interpret histories or stories. It brings out underlying realities behind stories. The study recommends a holistic approach by the church in teaching people in leadership positions the need to seek divine understanding so as to enable them to lead well.
Psychological effects of rape among minors in Nsukka Local Government Area, Enugu State in the light of 2 Samuel 13:1-22 is an expositional attempt to analyze the event of incestuous act between Amnon the elder son of King David and Tamar David’s daughter in the house of King David and to see how its moral lesson could be used to address the social vice of Rape in study context. Summarily, the work focuses on the exegetical analysis of 2 Samuel 13:1-22 with a view of using its hermeneutical applications to suggest how to curtail rape and its attendant psychological effects. The researcher used the available Biblical materials in the library, journals, interviews, observations and internet materials to source his data. The event in 2 Samuel 13:1-22 is an exposition that discloses rape among two children of King David. This endemic crime was aided by parental gap and irresponsibility and bad companies. Unfortunately, this crime is a sin against God and the perpetrators were rejected, dejected and their right forfeited in the society.
This study examines the role of Tiv Traditional Religion in Ecological Preservation. The phenomenological method was used to carry out the study. Data for the study was obtained from primary and secondary sources. The primary sources include information obtained through participant observation of religious rites, visits to religious and ecological sites and oral interviews. The oral interviews were administered to respondents through a purposive sampling and not based on any statistical evaluation of the sampled size. The secondary sources include information from books, newspapers, magazines and journal articles. The descriptive analytical approach was used in the analysis of data. The study shows that Tiv Traditional Religion employed akombo (mysterious cosmic and spiritual forces), tsav (inherent mysterious power, excellence and witchcraft), and various religious atindi (taboos) or tswer (prohibitions) as methods of ensuring ecological preservation. People dreaded the mysterious calamities associated with the violation of traditional religious taboos like misfortune and ill-health, leading to the preservation of the ecosystem. The study brings to light the contemporary relevance of Traditional Religious ecological preservation.
In Nigeria, it is believed that the world of science/technology and the church are not completely in friendly term. Some of the propositions propounded by science/technology are very much distasteful to the church and this ensued bitter enmity between the church and science/technology irrespective of the positive impact science/technology has on human society including the church. Hence, this work presents a discussion on the impact of scientific and technological world and the challenges to the church using secondary source of data collection, besides personal observation, to explain facts about the subject matter. Though science and technology make impressive impact on the progress of the society, it is discovered that science and technology exist along with some negative aspects that are challenging to the church.
This study emphasized on the phenomenon and traditional religious practices as the pillar of human existence among Akpo people, this work in other words, aims at exposing the structure of traditional religious practices from the past to the present. It bears in mind how it could harmonize and enhance the understandings that exist in the premises of the people’s traditional religion among the indigenes. Having seen these Igbo belief patterns, we ought to see in this work how the traditional Akpo people as part of Igbo people pay reverence to some of those spiritual beings in form of worship from past to the present. This is because this research is concerned with the nomenclature given to the reverence Igbo (Akpo) give to supernatural beings inform of worship from time immemorial. Traditionalist in Akpo is often misunderstood to have belief in some things barbaric, devilish, and heathen and of no value. In Akpo land, some worship in specific places for a defined purpose while in some places for same purpose they worship in Igbo world-view, so many interpretations come in, in view of the fact that the traditional religious systems of Akpo people have not received it’s desired attention, the research has dwelt much here to unravel the intricacies of their religious worship systems in comparisms with that of other religions that co-exist with it. It will also explore the traditional religion is sustained by traditional worship that provide stability to traditional Akpo values in social, political, economics and religious life of the people.
Freedom, which is Eleutheria in Greek, is a concept that is embraced by every human society but sometimes abused and misunderstood in its practice and application. Hence, the agitation to be free increasingly defines most human communities who struggle for liberation from existential human factors that enslave them. In Middle Belt of Nigeria, Christians’ expression of freedom is highly hampered by internal conflicts within the Church because of the challenges of ethno-religious crisis, religious discrimination and cultural imperialism by the northern hegemony and powerful feudal elements. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians communicated his concern for the Christians to be free from the yoke of slavery. Scholars have done very good works on the topic under investigation, but little is known to have been done on the realities of the social settings where the practice of freedom is misunderstood and abused. The specific objectives were to: (i) examine the concept of freedom in Galatians 5:1-15; (ii) examine the relationship between freedom and the crisis of identity that engulfed the Churches of Galatia, and (iii) contextualize the pericope in the real life situation of the Church and Society in the Middle Belt of Nigeria.