POLITICIZATION OF RELIGION AND THE ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS IN AFRICA

Olufunmilayo Oyelude (PhD), Prof. Jones O. Aluko

Abstract


A recurring discourse in contemporary Africa is neocolonialism characterized by political and economic manipulations. This paper discusses the significance of religion to the average African man; the prominent presence of western religion which is one of the aftermaths of colonization and the development it has brought to the continent and the attendant positive and negative effects on the ethics of the citizenry. In the last few decades, there has been an upsurge in religious activities and ironically a continuous degeneration of the values, beliefs and attitudes of most African nations going by global ratings and experiences that has bedeviled the land. This is incongruent to the expected richness of values and sanity that religion represents. The study is anchored on interaction theory since it provides avenue for exchanges of nonmaterial goods and materials. Methodologically, philosophical historical approach was utilized which shows that ethics in the African sense is not always a function of religious inclination but entrenched values borne out of primordial sentiments of preserving the family dignity. The study concludes that religion will remain a relevant phenomenon in the future political trajectory of the continent. The overwhelming impact it wields in the polity and the influence of the leaders of Religion centres/ sects cannot be overemphasized


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Religion, Politics, Christianity, Islam and Ethics

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