The purpose of this research work is to investigate into the
problems militating against the coming together of Christians in Nigeria. And
it was divided into five chapters; Chapter one deals on the introduction,
statement of problem, purpose of the study, significance of the study and
definition of terms. Chapter two deals on literature review of other prominent
scholars. Chapter three deals with the methodology for data collection and
analysis, chapter four deals with the interpretation of data collected in
chapter three while chapter five deals with the conclusion and recommendation
as well as suggestion for further studies.
Background of the study
Statement of the problem
Purpose of the study
Significance of the study
Scope of the study
Population of the study
Method of administration
Method of data analysis
Discussion of the findings
Summary, Recommendations and Conclusion
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The Portuguese had more or less a monopoly of movement along the
West African coast in the 17th and 18th centuries and the spread of
Christianity was their chief aim. Along with it nevertheless, they attached
importance to commerce because of the support it gave to their missionary work.
Portugal had had a long and bitter struggle against the Muslims in North Africa
who had for a long time dominated the Iberian Peninsula - where grew up an
active resistance to Muslim domination. They carried this war against Islam in
Europe to Africa. It was a war against the Moors in North Africa. They later
moved to West Africa but they did not succeed for various reasons. The
Catholics through the influence of the Portuguese traders were the first
missionaries to set foot on Nigerian soil. By the 19U century the first English
missionary groups had established their presence very rapidly. By the first
half of the 20* century, Christianity had spread to every part of Nigeria
except the north western and north-eastern parts of the country.
The greatest contribution of the missionaries in Nigeria was in
the field of education. The first known school in Nigeria was established by
Mr. & Mrs. De Graft of the Methodist mission in Badagry and was named
"Nursery of the infant Church". But it was the C.M.S. mission that
made the most important contribution to education in this early period. The
primary objective of the early Christian missionaries was to convert Africans
to Christianity through education. Education was Bishop Crowther's chief method
of evangelism. Missionaries also hoped to prepare Africans to be administrators
in their own areas.
The rapid growth of converts from Islam and traditional
religions to Christianity made the Northern Traditional rulers to put pressure
on the colonialists to stop the advance of Christianity to the north western
and north eastern parts of the country.
The 1970s and 1980s saw an accelerated growth of Christianity
because of the impact of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements and the
Independent African Churches. By then, it was said that Nigeria had the largest
number of evangelical Christians in universities and colleges worldwide
(Patrick Johnston: Operation World, WEC International 2001) There was also the
establishment of indigenous missionary groups who focused their attention on
reaching the unreached peoples. These, coupled with the fact that more
Christians were getting involved in politics led to conflict between the
Christians and the Muslims. The first major conflict was centred on the
entrenchment of the Federal Sharia Court of Appeal in the Nigerian
Constitution. The second was the establishment of an "Islamic Board"
at the presidency. The Christians criticized these as a subtle means of
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
In every societies of the world there are some specific structure designated to
meet the immediate need of the society consequent upon this is Nigeria’s
settlement she has a robust nature of socialization which clearly defines the
role of both sexes (male and female). Over the years position of Christians in
Nigeria societies, cannot be overemphasis in relation to character building,
but it has not be given a serious concern.
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of this study is to identify the ways Christianity has helped in
the modification of character among the youths.
It will also look into the important role played by the Christians in the
Nigeria society at large.
Lastly it will consider the relationship that exist among the Christians and
the Muslim in Nigeria.
1.Christians a source of character development in
2.Christians play a vital role in the economic
development in Nigeria?
3.Christianity a dominant religion in Nigeria?
4.Christian religion a source of moral and
emotional development in Nigeria?
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The knowledge of the study will be of immense benefit to the following: the
youths, Women, government, and the Christians themselves. The opinion of the
Christian about the issue of character development of the youths in Nigeria,
the findings of the research will be carefully analyzed and interpreted through
the data collected.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY
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