When some Nigerians began to show dissatisfaction with the neglect of African values by the Christian missionaries, the established churches did not take them seriously because of their presumed lack of theological education. Today sects proliferate in every corner of the country and present a strong challenge to the established churches.
This study aims to explore the problem of sects in Nigeria, by considering their successes and failures. It examines their contribution to inculturation and evaluates them critically. The independent churches in general and two new Nigerian religious movements in particular –
Aladura and the
Brotherhood of the Cross and Star – provide the basis for this study. The author analyses these new religious movements and their various theological positions.
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Oxford, Wien, 2001. 432 pp.
Contents: The Traditional and Modern Culture in Nigeria – An Overview of the Religious Situation of Nigeria – A General Sociological
View of Sects – The Brotherhood of the Cross and Star – The Aladura Sect (The Church of the Lord Aladura) – The Independent
Churches – Reactions of the Catholic Church Towards the Sects – Pastoral Discussion and Consequences – Inculturation and the
Christian Denominations in Nigeria.