Research Papers/Topics in Religious Studies And Theology

BIBLICAL YOUNG ADULT COUNSELING

Working with teens has its own unique set of challenges and oftentimes as providers we’re relegated to positions of listener, mentor, and guide, regardless of whether or not we’re actual therapists or counselors. I have known many teachers who build authentic relationships with their students and in turn their students feel more comfortable talking to them about their problems rather than the school therapist. For educators ,it’s important to know that there are limitations to the cou...

AFRICAN INDEPENDENT CHURCHES (AICs): Overview of History, Achievements and Prospects

African Indigenous Church(AIC) is a Christian church independently started in Africa by Africans rather than by missionaries from another continent. African Indigenous Churches, also known as African Independent Churches, African Initiated Churches,African Instituted Churches, or just AICs, represent well over 10,000 independent Christian denominations in Africa. African Indigenous Churches are found in every region and country in Africa, but they are more adequately documented in west Af...

OLD TESTAMENT COVENANT (types and foundations)

Covenant is one of the most important theological ideas in biblical theology. It is reflected in the traditional labels Old and New Testaments,i.e. ,covenants. The concept exists at significant points in the Bible’s storyline and is the theological glue that binds promise to fulfillment.  Psalm 25:14, David says,“The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He wilt make them know His covenant". The secret of covenant must be approached in the reverent fear of God. It is wit...

.THEOLOGY OF DEATH: THE CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE AND MINISTRY TO THE DYING

Death is not something that we enjoy talking about, at least not seriously (the jokes are innumerable), and funerals are even less popular as a topic of serious conversation. Joseph Bayly called death The Last Thing We Talk About.  Yet such discussions ought not be left to the end, for if we have time to discuss it at the end (we often don’t since such appointments are rarely made in advance!), we are often in the least objective place to do so. Pain, grief, and sorrow typically color the ...

Traditional Religion and its Impact on the Practices of Apostolic and Zionist Churches in Zimbabwe

Abstract Traditional religion is core to Zimbabwean people and, its impact has been felt by many Christian churches in Zimbabwe. Churches that are affected most are Apostolic and Zionist churches. These churches have promoted syncretism because they have mixed practices from African Traditional Religion (ATR) and Christianity in their worship and practices. While there have been attempts, especially by mainline churches, to extinguish traditional religion in the country, the efforts paid less...

THE IMPACT OF MODERNISM ON IGBO TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS AND IMAGES IN NSUKKA NORTHERN IGBO LAND

                                            ABSTRACTAlthough modernism has brought development, (advancement in technology which brings about transformation in human psychological, socio-economical and religio-cultural vibrancy) of many Igbo society, a devastating and opulent living that accrue from the modern life continue militating against the images and objects of worship prevalen...

PERSONALITY CULT AS CULTURAL RESIDUUM IN AFRICA-A STUDY ON ANCESTORS

Abstract The thrust of this paper is on personality cult as a cultural residuum in Africa. The idea of personality cult as known in the Igbo worldview (Africa) is that of the ancestors. The ancestors are the police of their individual families, who keep surveillance on their descendants. Though dead, they continuously participate in the holistic family activities. Viewing from this lens using observation and phenomenological methodology of study, it is pertinent to understand that differ...

Nidan - International Journal of Indian Studies July 2019

This Nidān special issue on ‘Christianity in India’ is an extensive enterprise of most recent scholarship pertaining to the topic. Contributions for this special issue, carried out from a historical, literary and anthropological perspective explore pertinent questions about Christian vernacular movements, identity, texts/ literature, music, poetry, institutions, missionaries and cantonments. All this, further contextualized within the local and regional history of colonialism and B...

EARLY MARRIAGE IS AN ANTIDOTE TO ILLEGAL RELATIONSHIP AMONG YOUTHS

ABSTRACTSThis research work focused on early marriage as an antidote to illegal relationship (premarital sex) among the youth, Ilorin south Local Government Area of Kwara State. Premarial sex is an isssue which most people r1efuse to talk about. It is sadly, still in a Muslim society, premarital sex is no more recognised as a forbidden fruit. Illegal relationship involves the various sexual activities performed by unmarried individuals.Illegal relationship is considered a major sin in Isl...

RELIGIOUS ETHICS: A MECHANISM IN BUILDING A SOCIO-MORALLY DEVELOPED LEADERSHIP STYLE IN NIGERIA; A LESSON FROM ABU-BAKR MODEL

ABSTRACT By the ongoing trend in civilization and globalization, the concept of morality has come to the point of depression which is constantly affecting the development of Nigeria as a nation. The culture and civilization that was introduced to the Nigerian has eroded us of our heritage and morality which has been our watch word. But the deed is done; the western culture has eroded us from development which we are in daily quest of. Therefore, attention is now on religion ethi...

Precolonial Norms and Values as the Pillar for the Sustenance of Igbo Post-Colonial Society.

AbstractIgbo post-colonial Igbo society has witnessed various degrees of desecration of its values and norms through the indices of modernism. The work aims at studying those values and norms in pre-colonial Igbo society that endeared communalism, good neighbourliness and live let spirit. This will invariably be inculcated in the protege of pre-colonial Igbo society in order to ameliorate the incessant decadence predominate in the post-colonial era/society.Table of Contents Abstract.     ...

Representing Identity

 In this paper I shall demonstrate through the case study of Nanaimo Sikh community how significantly they view their religious orientation as opposed to their ethnic identification. I will point to some implications for them within the Canadian society as a result of them being primarily seen as one among many religious groups.

Religious Pluralism and Religious Education

In this essay, I outline the complexities of the contemporary SouthAfrican society and point out why the so called Christian majority’scall for a single faith approach to teaching religion in schools will notmake a great deal of sense within the context of the Bill of Rights ofthe South African constitution. Besides, the issue of religion educationin South Africa is not only a human rights issue but also a moral issue.

Politics of Defining Hindu texts

In the context of rightwing student protest on Delhi University campus in 2011 to demand the withdrawal of an essay written by Prof A K Ramanujan, there developed a politico-legal situation in which students deployed both political pressure as well as legal suit to achieve their goal. This incident raised not only questions of political involvement in defining what Hinduism should be and how its sacred texts ought to be read, but the debate also attempted to shape the ‘sacred text’ by car...

Insiders and Outsiders

In this essay, I look at the contemporary debate on the study of religion as to where it is in the academy. Second, in relation to that I look at the debates on the study of Hinduism. I then examine the issue of “who speaks for Hinduism” and whether Hinduism is a case of exception in the study of religion. In conclusion I suggest that Hinduism is a case in point in learning about our comparative project in the study of religion. My line of argument in this essay is based on the premise th...

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