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Apart from addressing the issue of justice and peace in the Niger Delta, this
study applied a theological cum moral approach to what has been largely
perceived as social-political and / or socio-economic crisis. The findings of this
research is that there is, indeed, crisis in the Niger Delta region and it is not just
politically or economically oriented but more of a moral Issue
There is a general notion that Christianity is a whiteman religion arid thereby it is a recent arrival on the African soil. Therefore, the study focuses on Africa in God's plan as depicted in the New Testament perspective of African identity in Christianity
right from its inception.
The religious situation in which the New Testament church emerged was quite complex, a time of religious unrest. Palestine in the first half of the first century was a meeting place of varied cultural and religious streams.
Judaism was the most prominent religion of the Jews .It had various sects
that displayed religious intolerance .The world under Roman rule especially
as seen in the dissolution of traditional Greek, Homeric religion and the
rapid growth o,f mystery cults with their promise of meaningful life and
individual immorality ended in religious hostility.
The ethical norm of fasting has scriptural backing in the New and Old Testaments, yet to some Christians today fasting has entered the oblivion state. Because fasting is not essentially for Christians alone, it can be found in other world religions both ancient and modern. In fact, religion and fasting have gone together in greater or smaller measure from the beginning.
The issue of a religious faith establishing itself in a culture in which it is not indigenous has always been problematic. The religious faith being established usually is in jeopardy of being corrupted by the religion of the indigenous culture. This problem is manifest in the case of Yahwism in Canaanite culture as it is in Christianity within African culture.
%is study examines the eschatological implication of St, Paul's teaching on the Resurrection in 1 Cor. 15. The Resurrection is an eschatological event, Jesus' Resurrection is the birth of the eschatological resurrection, that is
the beginning of the eschatological process of resurrection and the basis for the hope of resurrection life for all mankind (at least of those who are 'in Christ' ).
An objective assessment of Nigeria's achievement since her independence shows clearly that the nationhood had been a catalogue of crises, indiscipline, human misery and wanton disregard of he value of human life. Based on the above statement of the problem, the major aims of this study are: to explore how religious/moral values can be applied in the thinking and actions of all Nigerians so as to promote the process of national development and unity in Nigeria. Information and data for this work were called from both primary and secondary sources.
The study examines and exposes us to a deeper understanding of the state of relationship between Christianity and Onitcha socio-cultural practices.
The basic problem with which this study is concerned, the influence of religion on morality in Igboland, has been a long debated one. There is no doubt that religion is an intrinsic part of the constitution of the Igbo traditional society and so plays an important part in maintaining social cohesion and equilibrium.
The term 'Exile' which means a forcible removal of any 'undesirable' person or group of persons from all or part of the country, is applied as a punishment to criminals and political offenders since ancient times. It was common practice for conquering empires in the Middle East and the Orient - like Assyria and Babylon - to disperse entire populations, sometimes transporting the conquered peoples as slaves when they were thought to be a serious threat to the peace and stability of the empire.
Development is a necessary phenomenon in the existence of the human race.
Healing occupied a big space in the ministry of Jesus. It formed part of the mandate he gave to his Church, even at the point of his ascension, as recorded by Mark. The neo-Catholic healing ministry is a new wave of healing adopted by some Catholic priests that has a Pentecostal undertone. It is a ministration of healing that adopts the faith-healing approach of Pentecostalism, as found in the Catholic Adoration Ministries. This is a deviation from the traditional Catholic healing ministry. The Catholic Church celebrates Jesus’ healing ministry on her sick members according to the rites and guidelines established by the competent authorities, the Bishops. In the recent past, the Catholic Church in Nigeria began to notice some deviations from the established rites and guidelines, by some priests. There were also abuses of the sacraments and excesses in the use of the Church’s sacramentals. This was as a result of the influence of Pentecostalism with its sentimental approach to healing. Despite the fresh guidelines issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) in 1997, some priests in Igboland have continued in the Pentecostal method of healing. The study was thus designed to critically review the activities of the neo-Catholic healing (adoration) ministries by some catholic priests in Igboland, noting the deviations, abuses and excesses. The study reviewed the traditional Catholic healing ministry to state the status quo. It also reviewed the Pentecostal faith-healing approach and the Neo-Catholic healing approach, noting the influences. It further reviewed healing approaches in Igbo traditional religion and African Independent Churches (AICs) to note other external influences. The phenomenological method was employed to collect data, and the qualitative analytical method was adopted in analyzing the data collected. Data were collected from both primary sources (participant observation and interviews), and secondary sources (library and internet materials). It was noted that although the Pentecostal healing approach had influenced the neo-Pentecostal Catholic priest-healers, both were borrowing from Igbo and AICs’ approaches to healing in the bid to indigenize or Igbonize the Christian healing ministry. This has ushered syncretism into the Christian healing ministry, and crisis of faith in the Catholic Church; and this calls for a re-catechizing of the Catholic faithful.
The Holy Spirit in Luke’s Gospel and Acts of the
Apostles and Contemporary Nigerian Church
The Holy Spirit in Luke’s Gospel and Acts
of the Apostles and Contemporary Nigerian
Modernity is fast eroding away Igbo traditional and cultural values against
arguments raised to the contrary in related studies to this project work. The writer
here gives readers a wider perception of Igbo traditional devices of effecting
cohesion order and harmony in the society. The lgbo family as the starting point
of a child socialization, parents, elders and older siblings act as teacher leader and
character moulder in ensuring conformity to societal behavioural codes. Of note,
the writer also explained religions sy~nbolismsa nd objects, like masquerades, ofo
staff, religious personalities, the priest, medicine men, rain makers in the
enforcement of social order and harmony in Igbo society. In traditional matters
their pronouncement or invocations instill discipline and moral sanctions in the
society against social deviants and miscreants. The writer proffered suggestions,
among which, the furtherance of researchers in this field for continuity and
resilience of Igbo traditional value systems. In the same vein he recommends that
for Igbo society to survive foreign inspired unslaught on her heritage, the people
have to ensure the promotion and preservation of her cultural heritage by