Church and Justice in Igbo Society (An Introduction to Igbo Concept of Justice)

The Relevance of Igbo Values of Justice in Igbo Christianity

by Okey Jude Uche C.S.SP.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/23/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 68
ISBN : 9781546201571
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 68
ISBN : 9781546201564

About the Book

This book is an attempt to explore the Igbo values of social justice in terms of social relationships. The philosophical concept of justice is broadened by the Igbo worldview, the core that shows how social relationships are the web of justice, which makes social connectivity indispensable and possible. The principles of these social relationships appear as obvious values of justice among the Igbo people and are examined in the light of Christian ethical values and their relevance explored in forging Christianity in the Igbo land. This book also acknowledges the difficulties involved in inquiring into the Igbo ethical values because of the integration of religious beliefs and ethical conduct and customs. Given the Igbo example of the Igbo-integrated life, justice simply becomes that inner compulsion that motivates the human in his/her relationships with others and with God. Consequently, the traditional Igbo people were able to build a harmonious, peaceful, and social order that ensured social justice in the Igbo communal and social interconnectivity. The author argues that the Igbo example can facilitate the growth of Christianity in the Igbo land.

About the Author

Okey Jude Uche is a Catholic priest and member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers. He did his seminary training in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom. He was awarded an M.A. degree in Religious Education/Theology, from Missionary Institute, London. He did his CPE in Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, (2006-2008), Phoenix, Arizona and Board certified. He also holds Masters Degree in Philosophy from Imo State University, Owerri (2011), Nigeria and certificates in Palliative Chaplaincy Specialty (CSU Institute of Palliative Care) and in Aging and Spirituality (NTSWEST). He holds Ph.D. in Theology from South African Theological Seminary, Johannesburg (2017). He was a missionary in Zimbabwe for many years (1987 -2000). While in Zimbabwe, his work among the poor and most neglected brought him face to face with the challenges of human struggles for justice, tolerance, equality, and respect in diversity in our societies. He is currently serving as a Chaplain at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, U.S.A