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Social Conflicts and Violence among Christian Churches and Denominations in Igboland


Damian Emeka Ikejiama

This book is about the dangers of religious intolerance, conflict and violence oriented strategies in our contemporary society. It exposes the evangelical strategies of Christian Churches and Denominations in the Nigerian society. The process of the enthronement of ‘prosperity theology’ has led to manipulation of individuals and events through demonization, deliverance, organized healings and miracles. This type of Christianity destroys religious values and exposes the society to the danger of materialism. Christian Churches should be advocates of empowerment, freedom and dignity instead of victimization of its members. This study argues that authentic Christian witnessing can only be achieved through holistic and proper integration of its teachings into socio-cultural values of its local setting. It insists that religion should enhance good core values and not destroy it. It critically analyses the elemental causes of conflict and violence in Igboland and concludes by making recommendations towards a peaceful society.
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Chapter One: The Explication of Key Terms


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Chapter One: The Explication of Key Terms

Man is constantly in quest. He is in search of something which he regards as good, useful and meaningful. The aim of his quest is geared towards achievement of freedom from all forms of threat, both from within and outside himself. At the beginning of a research work of this kind, it is always pertinent to understand some key concepts and terms. In this chapter, we intend to make general explanations of conflict, violence, Christianity and the Church. In these explanations we shall, as much as possible, try to present a clear concept of these terms with relevance to this work.

1.  Conflict

Conflict is one of the pervasive aspects of human existence. It exists in almost all human relationships. It is a state of discord caused by the actual or perceived opposition to values and interests. It occurs when two or more opinions or contradictory views meet, especially when values or targets are threatened or not fulfilled. A conflict can be internal (that is: within oneself or a group) or external (between two or more individuals or groups).

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