An Eccumenical Option for the Church in Nigeria
Chapter Four: Nigeria and the Birth of Christianity within Her Geographical Confines
Chapter FourNigeria and the Birth of Christianity within Her Geographical Confines
Aware that the terrain upon which our ecumenical recommendations are going to be explored border on the geographical location that is Nigeria, a brief discourse of its geographical setting, peoples, culture, religion and traditional life patterns ought to be considered necessary at this point. This is because, to be a people and to be described as such, some form of uniqueness that characteristically determines the particular people historically, geographically and otherwise under study ought not to be neglected. This, points to a possession of an awareness of a people’s life and worldview.
The singular reason for an excursus in this direction grounds itself on its supposed judgement as being of primary importance for a better understanding of our future discussions and applications of our ecumenical postulations. My conviction is that a step in this direction, offers us a better opportunity of coming to acquaintance with the concrete ecclesiological situation of the Church in Nigeria, as well as the challenges and problems posed both by the absence of, or even the presence of ecumenical initiatives. Nigeria is a country in which her politico-social life often intermingles with her religious inclinations. This existential reality about Nigeria as a nation ought not to be neglected in any discourse of her constitutive identity.
However, suffice it to mention that the entire work cannot in anyway be reduced to an ethno-geographical research or to a...