Proliferation of Churches

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European Journal of Scientific Research ISSN 1450-216X Vol.45 No.4 (2010), pp.649-657 © EuroJournals Publishing, Inc. 2010 Proliferation of Churches: A Leeway to Commercialization of Religion Anthonia M. Essien Department of Religious and Cultural Studies Faculty of Arts, University of Uyo, Nigeria E-mail: Tel: +234(0)8033596961 Abstract This paper posits that religion has become a top bracket business in Nigeria. This is occasioned by the agglomeration of autonomous, non-centralized, independent and illegally established religious movements in Nigeria. This situation favours commercialization of religion. Although the founders and leaders postulate spiritual reasons for the…show more content…
In the Israelites wars of Jericho recorded in the Books of Joshua, the invasion of the city of Jericho led to the putting of everyone to death except the family of Rahab at the command of the Lord. In addition humanity has also recorded countless histories of the manipulation of religion to the detriments of the victims. In various ways, religion has been used as a tool for politicization and violence. It has been a very common experience to politicize religion. In Nigeria, political violence has been given religious overtone and countless lives have been destroyed. Yusufu Bala Usman in his book The Manipulation of Religion in Nigeria 1977-1987 observed that “the Maitasine uprising in Kano city from 18th December 1980 to 29th December 1980 led (according to official figures) to the killing of 4, Fidelis K. Obiora The Divine Deceit Business in Religion Optimal Publishers, Enugu. 1998. 3 Fidelis K . Obiora. 1998. P. 88 4 Fidelis K. Obira 1998 P. 58 5 N.S. Xavier, M.D. The Two Faces of Religion A psychiatrist’s View. Theological Publications, St. Peter’s Seminary, Malleswaram West, Bangalore, India. 1989, p. vii. 6 N. S. Xavier . p.vii 7 Book of Joshua Chapter 11 2 651 Anthonia M. Essien 177”8. In our very recent present, Nigeria has witnessed the so-called religious-crises in Northern Nigeria that has claimed millions of lives9. These religious crises could as well have

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