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Religion

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 02:00

African Gospel Music

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No doubt, the lyrics in gospel music emanating from Africa reflect the richness of our vocabulary, and our cultures. To wit, if you listen to African folk stories, the manner of delivery, the proverbs and their meanings, the hidden messages and the innuendos involved in the decoding them as the storyline unwinds are rather instructive.Apparently, this culture is carried into the lyrics of African gospel music, which makes for attentive listening to decipher the underlying message every time these songs are played.However, in comparison to music from other regions of the world, our use of instruments is rather too economical.…
In recent months I have stumbled into the middle some rigorous and thought provoking conversations, many of which have taken place on the internet in Nigerian Yahoo groups. Several have centred on what they would describe as 'Christianity' and whether it remains one of the last vestiges and forms of oppression from the Western world. Some of the conversations have thrown down a number of challenges to my own Christian faith. Some of the protagonists have queried the existence of Jesus Christ beyond the pages of the Holy Bible and the 'White' images of angels that are abound in many…
One does not get angry with one's head and therefore use one's cap to cover one's buttocks. It beats my imagination how despite all the travails our nation Nigeria has and continues to go through, we remain not just the happiest but almost the most religious, with each passing moment the picture is even clear. In the next few paragraphs I would want to touch some grey areas, issues many would rather not touch or discuss...my reason is not to court controversy, but I am sure some folks would be upset and no matter the side of the divide, my…
Sunday, 16 October 2011 01:18

The Truth About The Holy Grail

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According to testimonies, the Talmudic tradition, and A.C Celsius, an encyclopaedist, there was a Jesus ben Panthera between (100 – 50 BCE.) He was the son of a Roman soldier and a Jewish prostitute. He claimed to have been a miracle worker and briefly plied his trade in Judea. He may have been stoned to death for impersonating Horus, the ‘Divine One,’ and claiming to be his reincarnation, when everyone knew his family background. The Talmudic tradition’s vague memory is not identifiable with the Gospel figure. It emphasizes that “the Christian religion partially modeled their Jesus of Nazareth (that ought…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 02:52

Faith is just that … Faith!

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It is funny how a definition that shocked me into its truth has become my primary defense today. We had an assignment to sort out the needs of a business that was struggling to re-invent itself. We needed to write a short description of the business. My team mate blurted out out "it is a faith-based book distribution venture ...". As a pastor, I felt somewhat shocked and honestly insulted by the way that he had reduced this big and monstrous, ageless outlet of Christian literature with so little verbiage. But honestly, when you look at it critically, this is…
The extent and diversity of the forms taken by the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism, which has marked the beginning of the last quarter of the twentieth century, preclude any hasty, generalized conjectures about it. It would be totally mistaken to equate the Catholicism of the Polish workers with that of Franco's reaction, though this should not make us overlook the common features of the agrarian histories of Spain and Poland or the political and ideological content that their respective forms of Catholicism share. Boko Haram leaderIt is not surprising that the Boko Haram question is fast gaining space in Nigeria.…