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Vol. 38 No. 2
Duration: July – December 2018
ISSN: 2636 – 5928
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it”, acclaims the psalmist (Ps. 24:1). Recent happenings in the world tend to bury this assertion by all means available to it, yet events of life smile us in face on the relevance of this assertion. The world itself is a mystery which cannot be comprehended in its totality, thus each day provides us with stark evidence of our limitedness as human beings. The continuous growth and development in human science prove to us our open-ended and futuristic nature. But unfortunately, the successes in science and technology tend to give the contemporary man the misguided notion of his sovereignty in the earthly affairs to the utter neglect of the Creator. Thus, the technological developments, which should be auxiliaries to the betterment of man, are now his masters instead of being at his service; contemporary man is now a slave to science and the work of his hands. Science actually is meant to offer humanity many avenues for appreciating the hidden gifts of God to mankind which will in turn be used to praise and glorify him.
This misconstrued notion has serious implications for our esteemed values like sacredness and dignity of life, sanctity of marriage, etc. This explains the reason why the Church is against some scientific procedures that tend to reduce man to mere object.
Consequently, Maurice Izunwa in this edition ethically criticizes one of the abnormal but predominant practices of modern sciences, which is Sex Reassignment Surgery, at the same time assessing its implications for the marriage institution in the light of natural law.
Yes, technological breakthroughs are veritable instruments of evangelization; they are actually important tools which we turn to in order to evangelize the contemporary man. Such current inventions like social media are of immense help in reaching the people of God, especially the youth, in this hypersonic era. Actually, religion and science do not oppose each other but in truth they play complimentary roles, as Inaku Egere and Ikenga Oraegbunam highlights in their various articles.
Holy Mother Church continues to announce the call of man as a wholesome divine initiative. Various inventions and apparent achievements of man should not contradict his very call to holiness. In the laboratories, in the market place, in politics, in offices, in daily interpersonal relationships, in the internet world, among worshiping communities, the call remains the same. In Nigeria for example, we see the tendency to create different personalities for ourselves depending on the circumstance, our Christian witnessing has become a matter of convenience. Hence, Jake Otonko delves into our attitude to politics. He avers that Christians should infuse the gospel values into the mainstream of Nigerian politics.
Finally, J. Obi Oguejiofor takes us down the memory lane on the state of Catholicism in Igboland for past 130 years in which case he highlights the contemporary pastoral challenges therein and the way forward. Indeed, the gospel message should permeate all our dealings and actions wherever we find ourselves, this call is an imperative in the world today more than ever.
1. Sex-Reassignment Surgeries and Transsexual Marriages: An Ethical Critique in the Light of Natural Law — by M. O. Izunwa
2. Social Media and Youth Formation: Participative Technology and Ecclesial Transformation — by Inaku K. Egere
3. Religion and Science in Symbiosis: Necessity for Evangelizing Mission of the Church Today — by Ikenga K. E. Oraegbunam
4. The Interplay between Religion and Politics in Nigeria: A Christian Theological Reflection — by Jake Otonko
5. 130 Years of Catholicism in Onitsha Archdiocese: Assessment And Contemporary Pastoral Challenges — by J. Obi Oguejiofor