APPRAISING OF THE RELIGIOUS STATE OF NIGERIA IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIS IJIOMAH'S HARMONIOUS MONISM
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Keywords

Exlusivism, Harmonious Monism, Ijiomah, Religion, Religious Pluralism.

Abstract

Nigeria as a multi-religious state is faced with a lot of religious problems that is detrimental to its unity, as well as peace and progress. The position of this paper is that the adherents of each of these religious groups tend to promote their religion and its tenets above those of others and the nation. Hence, they can do anything for their religious faith not minding the well-being of the nation. The rationale behind this, according to the paper, is due to faulty ontology. This ontology promotes fragmentation of the nation along religious lines since it is built on Western monism, which reduces reality into an aspect of reality. This type of mindset instigates most Nigerians to think that all must be converted to their own religion for them to be regarded as same rather other. This paper, therefore, opines that Nigeria can come out of this religious malaise if the principles of Ijiomah's ontology known as “Harmonious Monism” are employed to redefine the people's religious perspectives. This ontology is built on the principle of unification. Hence, based on this principle that unifies contraries or opposites within a whole, it is possible for members of various religious groups to co-exist in the entity called “Nigeria”. And this will in turn lead to peaceful co-existence and development of the nation since all religious adherents will see their religions as a necessary opposites that can co-exist and bring out a better understanding of each other’s faith which can be harmonized for the betterment of the nation. On the whole, this paper shall employ the methods of textual analysis, speculation and synthesis to put forward it thesis.

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