Research Papers/Topics in Religious Studies

The Youth and The Numerical Growth of the Ga Presbytery in The Presbyterian Church of Ghana

ABSTRACT This study examines the role of the youth of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana towards its numerical growth. It focuses on the role the youth have played throughout the development and continue to play towards the growth of the church and also examines the challenges faced by the youth in the discharge of these roles. Methodologically, the study adopted the method of research where data on the subject matter were collected and analysed through the use of personal interviews, question...

Perspectives of Divorcees On Divorce and Remarriage in Selected Charismatic Churches in Adenta

ABSTRACT Although God intended marriage to be a lifelong relationship, the tragic fact is that divorce has become common occurrence in our society. Sadly, the dramatic rise in divorce rates in recent years has also affected the Christian community. Pastors and others providing counsel have become increasingly burdened with problems of divorce and remarriage, even among those regarded as active members of their congregations. This study seeks to highlight not only the perspectives of divorcee...

He Saw and Believed…”: An Exegetical Study of the Resurrection Narrative in The Gospel According to John 20:1-31.

ABSTRACT The resurrection of Jesus is very essential to the Christian faith because it constitutes the foundation of the gospel proclamation. Its significance is further testified by the fact that all the four evangelists devoted portions of their gospels to the passion and resurrection narrative. This research investigates John 20:1-31 to analyze the role of the resurrection account in the Fourth Gospel and its relevance for contemporary Ghanaian Christianity. The study attempts to look at w...

Christian Chiefs and African Indigenous Rituals in Ghana

ABSTRACT The debate as to whether indigenous Ghanaian communities could be efficiently and fully ruled by ‗Christian Chiefs ‘remains topical in both popular and academic discourses. Nananom ahenfo (chiefs) go through the ritual process before they are enstooled as chiefs and derive their sacredness and authority from these rituals which enables them to sit on the ancestral stools. These rituals also make them mediators between Nananom nsamanfo (ancestors) and the living, hence they are r...

Prayer Centres as Avenues of Contemporary Spiritual Renewal in The Presbyterian Church of Ghana

ABSTRACT Prayer centres appeared in Ghanaian Christianity in the early parts of the twentieth century and were mainly found within the African Initiated Churches (AICs). They later became prominent in Classical Pentecostal Churches, especially the Church of Pentecost (CoP) with most of them seceding to become independent ministries. The concept of prayer centres gradually emerged in western mission founded denominations including the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG). The PCG over time recog...

Religion and its Role in Conflict Resolution

Today, there are many conflicts around the world. More often, the issues in conflicts are traceable to religion by some scholars. And this constitutes a problem as to if religion can offer anything positive in the resolution of conflict and building of peace in the society. Most of the time, religion is viewed as a motive for conflict and has emerged as a key component in many current and past conflicts. However, religion does not always drive violence; it is also an integral factor in the re...

LUKE 4:14-21 AS MODEL FOR PRAXIS ORIENTED MISSION IN THE CHURCH TODAY

The Missions of the church is the concern that in places where there are no Christians there should be Christians, In other words, Missions means to plant churches through evangelism (Newbigin 23). He adds that the aim of missions should be the establishment of a new Christian community that is as broad as society and is as true to the national situation. He has in mind here the idea of Christianization that is highly questionable today in a world that is characterized by religious pluralism ...

EXEGETICAL STUDY OF ACTS 6:1-4 AND POLITICAL RESTRUCTURING OF NIGERIA

The church in Jerusalem represented in Acts 6 verses 1–4 was promptly challenged by the problem of inequity and lack of fair play among the various stakeholders and such disaffection reached a situation of murmur and open agitation. This challenge to the apostles was a threat to the consolidation of the already established Christian community in Jerusalem and its spread to the whole world. Something must be done to arrest the situation or the Church runs the risk of disintegration. Having s...

THE CHRISTIAN IDENTITY IN A CORRUPT SOCIETY

This exegetical paper explores the issue of Christian identity against the backdrop of contemporary pluralistic society, defined by a multitude of traditions, views, and stances. It makes use of 1 Peter 2:9-10 to enable a fuller and theologically fruitful image of Christian identity. As MacFarland argues that Christian identity is a relational, dynamic, multifaceted, and open entity, characterized by its embeddedness in culture, its struggle to engage with power constructively, and its intent...

THE PERIL OF INSECURITY IN NIGERIA AND THE CHURCH’S CHARACTER: AN EXEGETICAL STUDY OF PSALMS 91:1-16

The Nigerian society is really experiencing a high level of insecurity in both the northern and southern part. This has become a major issue for the country since 1990 when the activities of the Niger Delta militants started until recent times when Boko Haram insurgents arose in the Northern part of the country. Since then, Nigeria has witnessed unprecedented security challenges. These challenges ranges from kidnapping, suicide attacks, bombings, ritual killings, assassinations, armed robbery...

Is Interreligious Dialogue Syncretism?

Interreligious dialogue, also referred to as interfaith dialogue, is about people of different faiths coming to a mutual understanding and respect that allows them to live and cooperate with each other in spite of their differences. In other words it refers to cooperative, constructive and positive interaction between people of different religious traditions (i.e. “faiths”) and/or spiritual or humanistic beliefs, at both the individual and institutional levels (Arinze 43). It is distinct ...

Oyo State Social Studies Teachers View of the Introduction of Religion and National Values Curriculum in Upper Basic Education

CHAPTER ONEINTRODUCTIONBackground to the Study          A nation that dreams greatness needs to invest in the strategies inculcation of national values, and such strategic investment depends on several factors -       The scope of the value -       The source -       The Nature -       Role models and instructor -  &n...

Factors Influencing The Implementation Of Guidance And Counseling Of Selected Secondary Schools In Kisii District, Kenya

ABSTRACTObjectives: This study investigated the factors infiuendng theimplementation of guidance and counseling of selected secondaryschools in Kisii District, Kenya. Specifically, these data were gathered:profile of teacher counselors as to age, gender, professionalqualifications, number of years in service and legal status; and degreeof factors influencing the implementation of guidance and counselingas to training, availability of material resources, time avaiiabiiity,attitude towar...

Contribution Of Worth Village Banking To Economic Empowerment Of Women In Salvation Army In Bungoma County, Kenya.

Economic empowerment of women is part of the holistic mission of the Salvation Army (SA) which evangelizes both in word and deed. The holistic mission of the SA aims at restoring the right relationship with God through redemption from both sin and economic disempowerment. In Kenya, particularly in Bungoma County, the SA executes her holistic mission through redemption from sin and economic empowerment of women using the Women of Worth (WORTH) program. This study explored the contributio...

Contribution Of East African Revival Movement To Evangelism In The Anglican Church Of Kenya, Kisumu Central Archdeaconry, Maseno South Diocese, 1930 -1970

ABSTRACT The East Africa Revival Movement (EARM) has had a great impact on many of the protestant churches in Eastern Africa for many years, renewing their life and offering to individuals the challenge of a deeper experience of salvation in Christ and more radical commitment to Christian discipleship and evangelism. The Revival Movement is considered to have contributed significantly to the growth of the church in East Africa, despite having other revivals that emerged in the regio...


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