Research Papers/Topics in Religious Studies and Theology

RELIGION AND SCIENCE: COMPATIBLE OR IN STATE OF CONFLICT

The relationship between science and religion has typically been characterized as one of conflict, especially on the issue of origins (creationism vs. evolution). The historical reality is that science and religion have more often been complementary to each other, and the relationship has been dynamic. Science and religion are both important facets of modern life, and many of the questions in this series deal with issues that are at the intersection of science and religion. The purpose of thi...

Embodying Essence in Existence: Liberation Theology & Prophetic Prose in Quaker-African Worldview

Participatory Culture deals with a present culture sensing the context of the contemporary, thus questioning the existence of certain concepts within an existing tradition or culture, then seeking to remix the previous concepts into renewed practices with necessary adaptations in meeting present conditions while savoring its continuity. (Class Notes) A framework is a significant aspect for decision-making because the framework is the figurative root for shaping our perceptions, which our conc...

PAUL’S TEACHING ON PARITY FOR ALL (ON INCLUSIVUS ET EXCLUSIVUS ARGUMENT): A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF GALATIANS 3:28

Parity is the condition of being equal especially as regards status or pay. The quest for parity has generated much passion in our contemporary society and the church, which has caused misinterpretation of Galatia 3:28 without proper care and attention to the context. This has led to feminism, quest for women ordination, confusion in the youth as regards gender role and caused marital problems. In the light of the above, this paper investigated the text using historical grammatical method of ...

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 comes from ...

The Faces of Muslim/Christian Relations: Application of Sharī‘ah and the Rights of Muslim Women in Nigeria

Abstract This paper focuses on Muslim/Christian understanding of the position of the Sharī‘ah in modern Nigeria. It also examines Muslim women’s commitments to Islam and how they cope with the surroundings without submitting to a uniform, integral and singular Islamist theory on the application of Sharī‘ah. The paper makes a distinction between Fiqh and the Sharī‘ah. Furthermore, while most writings tend to view the application of the Sharī‘ah in Nigeria, whether in relations to...

The Unchanging God in the Changing World: Myths and Possibilities of Inter-Faith Harmony and God's protection in the face of the current Pandemic

The considers the possibilities and otherwise of inter-faith harmony in the face of the Covid19 pandemic. It notes that man from the beginning of consciousness has been trapped by one challenges or the other, which his restless struggle gives birth to magic, religion and science. As societies progresses, magic and science remain bastard brothers of religion. This is because when magic and science failed, man turn to religion. It further notes that man's attempt to interrogate the existence of...

Evangelical Zionist and Israel: An Islamic Critique

One of the most aforementioned fundamentals of American Israel relationship is the escalation of evangelical unwavering support for Israel. The close bond amid evangelicals and Israel is of great significance. The term “Gospel” refers to a Protestant religious movement dating back to the eighteenth century. Deliberate use of the term in America in the twentieth century since the founding of the National Association of Evangelicals in 1942 under the leadership of Billy Graham.There are mor...

MEANINGFUL IMPACTS OF DYNAMICS IN CULTURE AND RELIGION

The relationship between culture and religion is often seen as a pseudo-conceived one (positive or negative one), with freedom of both often invoked to defend human and course of existence. In response, many draw a distinction between culture and religion, and what is insinuated is that culture is the problem, not religion. However, the reality is that in many cases, culture and religion are not so distinct, with cultural practices becoming “religionized” and religious ideas becoming part...

Women as Culture Creators; A Critical Response to Monica Sjöö Barbara Mor

The article explores the argument for a developing agrarian society due to the frequent inefficiency of male hunting. The earliest attribution of Goddess worship is suggested as pre-dating male deity along with a consideration that the agricultural Neolithic Revolution was preceded by a cultural revolution in religious practices and the use of symbolism. This response explores the authenticity of the claims propounded by Sjöö & Mor with particular reference to the Çatalhöyük complex in Anatolia.

French Nationalism and Religious Recession - Religion In A Secular State

The history and challenges presented to France as an example of a secular state addressing religious presence.

The importance of Hajj

This essay explores the place of Hajj as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. It considers whether these devotions, exemplified ny Hajj, can be undertaken in a superficial fashion by the individual, or does the manner in which they are practised as an internalised experience, identify the relationship that the person is developing with Allah. The essay concludes that Hajj not only focuses the mind toward Allah, but also provides the potential for symbolic empowerment when confronting, and overco...

Celts, Copts and St Anthony - Notes on pre-Augustine Coptic and Celtic churches

Exploring the earliest contacts with the Coptic and Celtic churches regarding the pre-Augustine mission.

Durkheim - the emergence of religion and the limitations of his approach

Durkheim’s argument consisted of two propositions. Firstly, that religion was not divinely inspired but born as an expression of society and within that expression the capability to transcend itself and, secondly, as a means of social coherence, the ability to build its own citadel; a self-contained social organism with modus operandi specific to its own needs. His work in this field is very insightful in terms of its observations, of its structure and the content of its mechanics, but its ...

A critical discussion of ethical issues raised by war

In this essay the role of religion in a Just War is addressed. Considered is the political currency which can be gained by using established religious tenets as a motivating force for political approval by the people with regard to political ideals. It also introduces the possibility of two levels of ethical criteria. Primary texts are taken from The Dhammapada, Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, The Gospel of Matthew, The Bhagavad Gita and Ninian Smart. Secondary texts include Thomas Hobbes’ Lev...

LIBERAL CHRISTIAN GIVING

Our generosity in giving is a demonstration of God’s character and a response to what He has done for us.  As God has given to us generously, we are to give cheerfully, not by necessity or grudgingly. When we appropriately receive God’s generosity, it humbles us. We recognize that we are not worthy of His gift. Out of gratefulness, we become more gracious with others. When one person gives freely to another, the recipient often “passes forward” the gift. In the Christian life, the im...


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