IMPACTS OF CHRISTIANITY
IMPACTS OF CHRISTIANITY
Christianity, as a religion, has had an impact on all aspects of Nigerian life. A comprehensive examination of the nnewi people's religious history reveals that Christianity has infiltrated both urban and rural Nnewi society. The purpose of this research is to investigate the role of Christianity in the development of the Nnewi nation.
A brief introduction to the lifestyle of the Nnewi people prior to the arrival of Christianity will also be provided to aid comprehension of the project. The following is the task breakdown for this study:-
1 A general background study based on the objectives, methods, and definition of words.
2 The Nnewi people's historical origins and organisational lifestyle.
3 The introduction and spread of Christianity as seen through the eyes of the Nnewi traditional context prior to Christianity.
4 The Christian religion made four contributions to the Nnewi country.
5 assessments, recommendations, and conclusions.
INTRODUCTION IN GENERAL
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Since the beginning of time, Christianity has been present in various towns around the world. However, among the different Christian groups, I would choose Anglicanism. This research will thus cover the history of Christianity in Nigeria, its spread to Nnewi in Anambra State, and a case study of the Anglicans to highlight its effects.
The history of Christianity in Nigeria, particularly in Nnewi town, which is one of the towns in Igboland in Anambra State in Nigeria's south-east, reveals both positive and bad discoveries.
Discoveries have been discovered about the inhabitants of Nnewi and their culture; they are acknowledged to have high cultural worth, which distinguishes them.
They cannot live without religion since it is a part of them. According to an old proverb, “Okpukpem bu ndum. Onye nwere Okpukpem Nwere ndum.” This translates as “My religion is my life.” “Whoever takes away my religion takes away my life.”
1 The Igbo people have a strong devotion to their faith. With the arrival of Christianity in Nigeria, particularly in Igbo country, the Igbo people's traditional religion began to face significant obstacles. Some customary practises were abandoned when Christianity gained traction in Nnewi town.
The Portuguese introduced Roman Catholicism to Nigeria in the fifteenth century, and it was the first Christian interaction in the country. It was, however, nearly exterminated for the next 200 years until Roman Catholic missionaries came in the 1800s.
Since then, the Catholic Church has grown to almost 19 million members and adherents, primarily in the south east. The Anglican church of Nigeria presently boasts over 11 million members and adherents, indicating that the church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has grown rapidly since the end of the slave trade.
It is fascinating to note that Christianity and indeed Anglicanism, which began as a child's play in Badagry and Abeokuta, have spread like wild fire to all nooks and corners of our country Nigeria in less than two centuries. Augustinian and Capuchin monks from Portugal brought Christianity to Nigeria in the 15th century.
However, it was not until 1842, when Henry Townsend of the Church Missionary Society arrived in Badagry from Freetown, Sierra Leone, that the seed of Anglicanism was fully sown.
2 The study's context is that Christianity has been entrenched in Nigeria and its constituent states. Christianity, on the other hand, poses a challenge because of its multiple denominations, which occasionally speak in distinct voices. Christianity in Nnewi, Anambra state, is what I would research and expose in this work;
I would focus more on the Anglicans. Other topics to be covered in this work include the origins of the Nnewi people, their religion, and the activities of missionaries, as well as how they affected the Nnewi people's traditional religion.
1.2 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF STUDY –
This study intends to demonstrate the overall effects of Christianity on the Nnewi people, with a concentration on the Anglicans.
– To remove people's faith in the powers of idol worship and to assist them in finding peace in Christianity.
– The purpose of this book is to investigate the role of Christianity in the development of the Nnewi nation.
– To explore the Anglican church's relationship with other denominations and its emergence in the Nnewi nation.
– To investigate the origins of the Nnewi people and their religion, as well as the actions of Christian missionaries in Nnewi, Anambra state.
– To give suggestions/recommendations on how the Anglican Church of Nigeria can represent Nnewi traditional society's living patterns.
1.3 DEFINITION OF TERMS AND CONCEPTS
In this essay, three basic categories must be defined: Christianity, Anglicans, and Traditional culture.
Christianity (1.3.1) A monotheistic system of beliefs and practises based on the Old Testament and Jesus' teachings as incorporated in the New Testament, emphasising Jesus' position as saviour. The Christian religion was established on Jesus of Nazareth's life and teachings.
3 Christianity is now the world's most widely practised religion, with over a billion adherents divided mostly between the Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox churches.
It began with Jewish followers of Jesus of Nazareth who believed he was the expected Messiah (or ‘Christ,' but the Christian church quickly became an independent organisation, thanks primarily to St. Paul's missionary activities.
Constantine ceased formal persecution in the Roman Empire in 313 and Theodosius I recognised it as the state religion in Theodosius I.
Most Christians believe in one God who exists in three persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) and that Jesus is God's son who rose from the dead after being crucified; a Christian hopes to achieve eternal life after death through faith in Jesus Christ and strives to live by his teachings as recorded in the New Testament. 1.3.2 Churches of Christ The term “Anglican” implies “of England,”
however the Anglican church is found all over the world. It began in England in the sixth century, when Pope Gregory the Great dispatched St. Augustine to establish a more regulated Apostolic succession to the celtic Christians.
The Anglican Church developed as a branch of the Roman Church, but the Celtic influence was incorporated into the Roman component of the church in a variety of ways.
The Anglican church grew around the world, initially through English colonisation and then through English-speaking missionaries.
The Anglicans are those who follow these practises.
4 Because the term “church” has been misused, Billy Graham, an American evangelist of the twentieth century, says: “The Invisible Church is that larger body of believers who, down through the ages, have sincerely trusted Jesus as Lord and Saviour.”
When a person accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, he becomes a member of the Church. The visible church is today's international church, made up of local Christian groups.There are both wheat and tares in it….
5 The Anglican church refers to the church of England and its worldwide branches. Anglicanism is a Christian protestant denomination. It is sometimes regarded as the bridge between Roman Catholicism and radical Protestantism.
This is because the English church maintained the early catholic ministry of bishops, priests, and deacons during the English Reformation.
The explicit rejection of the Pope, and hence of the Catholic church as an organisation, was the tipping moment that led to the formation of the Anglican church.
1.3.3 Traditional Culture This is the third term I'd like to clarify as the process progresses. In sociology, a traditional society is one that is characterised by a focus on the past rather than the future, with custom and habit playing a prominent role.
6 The term “traditional” refers to small-scale communities that are based on indigenous and often ancient cultural practises.
1.4 METHODOLOGY OF THE STUDY
The radical, practical approach was used for this study's method or investigation. I would rely on quantitative and qualitative social research sources such as surveys, interviews with lay and ordained members of the Anglican church of Nigeria,
document analysis from school libraries, institutes, online research (E- library), journals, text books, and research papers. A variety of hypothetical and real-life case studies are used to explain this subject.
1.5 LIMITATIONS AND SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This project would concentrate on Christianity in Nnewi, Anambra State. An attempt will be made to uncover the strategies utilised by Christian missionaries (Anglicans) to establish and grow Christianity in Nnewi.
The breadth is so broad, and the interested parties among potential readers are virtually indefinitely diverse.7 Restrictions on in-depth stories/histories derived from materials.