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Rather than being confined to circumstantial impulses, religion underscores the human proclivity to connect to a power that has power and significance. ”31 The global resurgence of this movement confirms that religion transcends ethnic, national, and cultural barriers. In many non-Western nations, it is actively involved in politics and public affairs because it defines God’s dominion in a comprehensive manner. Rather than being confined to the private realm, religion becomes a veritable weapon for venturing into all areas relevant to humankind.
And that, . . 37 The Asian reality affirms creative interreligious relations that give credence to the fact that people of diverse religious traditions have been experiencing genuine interreligious connections for a long time. Aloysius Pieris has discussed how the plight of the poor and the oppressed in many countries in Asia provides auspicious resources for sound theological reflection and interreligious conversations. He talks about how it is practically impossible to engage in a theological analysis in Asia without a thorough understanding of the religious plurality that defines that continent.
Gory instances of mass killing have occurred in Jos in 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and recently in 2013. The violence has moved into the rural areas outside of Jos where hundreds of people have been massacred. 10 The religious violencethat has led to deaths and destruction of property is a clear indication that Nigeria faces monumental challenges on many fronts. It is a nation that straddles the edges of a failing state or a collapsed nation. Nigeria must come to terms with the rules of mapping out the framework of a united nation that affirms its multicultural, multiethnic, and multireligious dimensions.
Christian Responses to Islam in Nigeria: A Contextual Study of Ambivalent Encounters by Akintunde E. Akinade (auth.)