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Social Conflicts and Violence among Christian Churches and Denominations in Igboland

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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 Two: View of African Traditional Religions in Nigeria

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Chapter Two: View of African Traditional Religions in Nigeria

Religion is natural to humanity. The nature of any religion is a primary determinant in people’s behaviour.71 It is quite evident that Africans were deeply religious before any external contact. In this chapter, we wish to analyse the general nature and state of African traditional religion before the advent of Europeans and Americans in Nigeria. We shall approach this through the analysis of the basics of religious tenets of the three major tribes in Nigeria. We also wish in the same manner to examine the religion of Tiv, as representing the minority tribes. We made this choice because of its unique position as a point of contact between the north and south of this nation.

The aim of this section is therefore to examine the type of relationship that existed between these people. It will enable us to understand the importance and influence of religions in their attitude towards people of other religion. This will also help us to appreciate the dynamics of religious contacts and to what extent they influence the entire humanity.

2.1  The People in the Pre-colonial Era

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