Research Papers/Topics in Religious Studies And Theology

A REFLECTION ON ‘KERYGMA’ AND ITS IMPLICATION TO THE CONTEMPORARY CATHOLIC BELIEVER

The Kerygma has come to mean the core of apostolic preaching, the good news of salvation through Jesus -  His birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection, His sending of the Spirit, His coming again – with the call to faith and repentance, leading to forgiveness, a personal relationship with Jesus and baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is proclaimed with a view to engendering faith in the hearers, which is the essential foundation for further teaching and catechizing. “So faith ...

SUSTAINING THE REFORMED WITNESS AND MISSION OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA (SUMMARISED VERSION))

A reformed understanding of Church will clearly reveal that it is the creation of God. As a creation of God, it is accountable to God and work in different ways to please its creator. One of such ways is to promote reach out to the unreached and hold firmly the word of God. God in His sovereignty also calls the church to collaborate with Him in mission; and as Onwunta quoting Emil Brunner said that “The Church lives by mission as fire lives by burning.”1 This means that the Church and mis...

SUSTAINING THE REFORMED WITNESS AND MISSION OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA (UNABRIDGED VERSION)

A reformed understanding of Church will clearly reveal that it is the creation of God. As a creation of God, it is accountable to God and work in different ways to please its creator. One of such ways is to promote reach out to the unreached and hold firmly the word of God. God in His sovereignty also calls the church to collaborate with Him in mission; and as Onwunta quoting Emil Brunner said that “The Church lives by mission as fire lives by burning.”1 This means that the Church and mis...

Towards Transformed Gender Relations For Personal Development of Women And Men Within The Reformed Church in zimbabwe: a case study of masvingo south province.

ABSTRACT The dissertation explores transformed gender relations for personal development in The Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ) of Masvingo South Province by investigating leadership history from its formation in 1909 to the present. Chapter 1 investigates the historical background of the problem, unequal representation of female church members in leadership positions and decision-making boards. This tradition is against transformed gender relations between females and males in the ch...

An African Thelogy Discourse On Marriage With Special Focus On The Methodist Church In Zimbabwe

ABSTRACT The issues raised in the African theological discourse on marriage with special focus on the Methodist church in Zimbabwe are crucial and pertinent to the faith and well-being of the African Christians who make up its congregation. The research document seeks to come up with a sound theology of marriage that will reconcile the three worlds of marriage that has caused confusion and dilemma to African Christians who find themselves torn apart in their traditional culture, the civ...

The Relationship Between The Church And State in Community Development – A Case Study of Caritas Zimbabwe mutare.

Abstract Developmental work is never a one man‟s band but a call to both public and private players. While the government have the mandate by nature of its formation to engage in development work, the private sector comes in to augment the efforts of the government which are never enough especially when it comes to African governments who are ill funded. The world is so much impaired that it calls for many players to contribute for its‟ positive and sensible development. Of ultimate...

Ecumenical Church Leaders Forum (Eclf) Peace Building Work And The Sustanable Development Goals (Sdgs) In Zimabwe: Special Focus On Zaka, Masvingo Province

ABSTRACT Zimbabweans have been struggling to attain sustainable development for quite some time. This was caused by the past unresolved conflicts which blocked their unity making it practically possible to work together. However, this study is grounded on the ECLF‟s peace building work and the SDGs in Zimbabwe, using Zaka as a case study. The research uses a theory from John Paul Lederach who defines peace as a comprehensive term that encompasses the full array of stages and approache...

Healing In Ancient Israelite Religion And Shona Traditional Religion: A Comparative Analysis

ABSTRACTHealth was an important concern in Ancient Israelite Religion; it is also a major concern in Shona Traditional Religion. This is seen in how the Ancient Israelites preserved health by observing the Mosaic Law and the sanitary code. In Shona Traditional Religion, health is preserved from conception up to adulthood. These two religions share much in common on how they perceive the causes of ill health as a punishment from disobedience. In both religions, there are important religious pr...

Hermeneutics Of Exousia And The Evangelical Mandate In Matthew’s Gospel: Dialectics Of Socio-Political Transformation For The Church In Africa.

ABSTRACTThe quest for hermeneutics of exousia in the gospel of Matthewtranslatedto mean authority or power and the need to unravel theevangelical mandate-the exigent call to make disciples of all nationsbecame imperative in view of inherent abuse of power, unbridled level ofcorruption and blatant waste of resources seen in our African sociopoliticalsphere. These the researcher sees as a result of corrupt privilegedpolitical class in Africa using Nigeria as a case study. The Church thatpossess...

Socio-Cultural And Religious Implications Of Mixed Marriage In Nsukka Area Of Enugu State

ABSTRACTThe oppositions of mixed marriages from families, religious groups andcultural groups led to the topic “the socio – cultural and religious implicationof mixed marriage in Nsukka L.G.A of Enugu State”. The researcher usedboth primary and secondary sources in gathering information. The data fromprimary sources like oral interview were used. The secondary sourceincludes textbooks, encyclopedia, Journals, News papers, published andunpublished materials like hand outs, seminar papers...

THE SOCIO-CULTURAL AND THEOLOGICAL CONTEXT OF THE DOUBLE RITE OF PASSAGE IN NOMIYA CHURCH IN RARIEDA SUB-COUNTY, SIAYA COUNTY

ABSTRACTRites of passage are a universal phenomenon marked by transitions during major life changes. In the Nomiya Church (NC), circumcision and baptism as religious rites of initiation are simultaneously performed on the male infant on the eighth day after birth whereas the female infant gets baptism on the fourteenth day, thus presenting the double rite of passage. The NC as the first African Initiated Church (AIC) in Kenya started among the Luo people, a community that traditionally did no...

Assessing The Effectiveness Of The Methods Adopted By Faith Based Organisations In Reducing Poverty In Zimbabwe:A Case Study Of The Diocese Of Mutare Community Care Programme (Domccp) In Nyan

ABSTRACTThe study is an assessment of the methods adopted by Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) in reducing poverty in Zimbabwe using Diocese of Mutare Community Care Programme (DOMCCP) as a case study in Nyanga, Nyakomba ward 11. The research findings show that DOMCCP‟s interventions as a Faith Based Organisation impacted positively on the rural livelihood of the people who live in Nyakomba ward 11. DOMCCP addressed poverty through livelihood projects, capacity building and community health,...

Contexual Analysis Of Rules Governing Membership In The Methodist Church In Zimbabwe

ABSTRACTThe research focuses on making an evaluation of the rules that govern membership in the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, in light of the changes in the current Zimbabwean context. The nature and identity of the MCZ is characterized by the rules that moderate the social and religious life of its membership. The crafting of the rules has been largely affected by the social, economic, political and religious challenges in the society the MCZ is ministering to. The social environment in Zimb...

The Necessity Of The Military Chaplaincy With Reference To The Namibian Context.

INTRODUCTION From early days soldiers have looked to the church for spiritual guidance and support and in the practice of their faith have found comfort and strength in all difficulties and dangers. The Old Testament often refers to priests accompanying troops into battle: “Before you engage in battle,” states Deuteronomy 20: 2 - 4, “that the priest shall approach and speak to the people”. Another well-known example is found in Joshua 6: 2 - 5. In this passage, seven priests e...

Alioha’s Life And Contributions to Pentecostalism in Igbo Land (1912-1997)

ABSTRACT The aberrations that exist among Pentecostals in Igboland of Nigeria have created doubts on the minds of people on what true Pentecostal spirituality is all about. The excesses which include monetization of anointing, flamboyant lifestyle of some Pentecostal preachers and prosperity gospel among others have caused some Christians to deviate from true Christianity. The purpose of this research is to reconstruct and x-ray the life and contributions of George Nnoromchi Alioha (191...


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