https://ajpojournals.org/journals/index.php/EJPCR/issue/feed European Journal of Philosophy, Culture and Religion 2021-09-11T01:09:17+03:00 Journal Admin admin@ajpojournals.org Open Journal Systems <p>European Journal of Philosophy, Culture and Religion is quality certified journal owing to its critical pooled knowledge published by AJPO. The journal contains a pool of information on customs, social and race groups, beliefs, faith, theology, worship and the theoretical nature and analysis of the concepts and the relations. The journal has a low-publication cost which supports the affordable publication by researchers. Moreover, it relishes in its quick publication, as well as its featuring among other journal indices in the Google scholar. This enables other researchers in the similar fields to benefit from the knowledge in the various research articles readily available in journal. Unrestricted access to academic journals is also facilitated. 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An added advantage to the journal publication is that the authors can access the article metrics of number of visitations and downloads on each published article.</p> https://ajpojournals.org/journals/index.php/EJPCR/article/view/784 SUFFERING AND SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD ACCORDING TO JOHN PIPER AND ITS IMPLICATION FOR THE CHURCH TODAY 2021-08-26T19:46:21+03:00 Tigist Woyesa tigistw2009@gmail.com James Obrempong james@ajpo.org John Dilworth john@ajpo.org <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The purpose of this paper is to analyze the theology of suffering from a biblical perspective by using literature review as methodology.</p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> One of the foundational evangelical presuppositions for theological research is that Scripture is divinely authored and is therefore without error, and authoritative for our faith and practice.</p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> The study found that suffering is biblical and should be expected by all Christians as they are not exempted from it, unlike prosperity teaching. Suffering has the purpose of refining and maturing our faith. Further, it is to display the greatness of the glory of the grace of God. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Unique Contribution to theory and practice</strong>: Therefore, it is recommended for Christians to depend on God at all seasons by asking for wisdom and grace from him. So in this paper, the relationship between suffering and the sovereignty of God and its implication to the church will be discussed with a particular focus on John Piper's work</p> 2021-08-26T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2021 European Journal of Philosophy, Culture and Religion https://ajpojournals.org/journals/index.php/EJPCR/article/view/772 Eschatology and the Post-modern Pentecostal Church in Kenya 2021-08-10T09:38:32+03:00 Stephen Mbithi mbithisphen@gmail.com <p><strong>Purpose:</strong> This paper contends that even though the doctrine of eschatology is one of the core teachings of the Christian doctrine, the reality is that it has not always received due attention in the postmodern church. The relegation of this important doctrine to the background of church activity has therefore meant that eschatology has almost been forgotten in church circles. This research sought to establish the interaction of the church with eschatological teachings, beliefs and practices as understood by the pastors, elders/deacons, leaders, and members of Christ Is The Answer Ministries (CITAM).</p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> The study used mixed methods research design. The target population was the pastors, elders/deacons, leaders, and members of CITAM in two selected assemblies in Nairobi. The assemblies were: CITAM Parklands and CITAM Valley Road. Data was collected from a sample of 68 respondents using stratified sampling technique by use of a questionnaire. The data was then analysed by use of descriptive statistical analysis. Data collected from open-ended sections of the questionnaire were discussed and presented in narrative form.</p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> It was found that the church has done some work as regards to teaching and discussing eschatology. However, the paper also finds that what the church has done to popularize eschatology amongst its members is insufficient and inefficient. More needs to be done in popularizing eschatological themes in church circles.</p> <p><strong>Recommendations:</strong> It was recommended that the church should be intentional and committed to doing more in promoting interactions with the doctrine of eschatology. It was also recommended that further studies on the methodologies and ways of systematically inducting eschatology into the everyday church activities and teachings be undertaken.</p> 2021-08-10T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2021 European Journal of Philosophy, Culture and Religion https://ajpojournals.org/journals/index.php/EJPCR/article/view/800 Fight Against Corruption: A Christian Medieval Historical Period Approach 2021-09-11T01:09:17+03:00 Elijah King’ori elijahkingori@yahoo.com <p><strong>Purpose:</strong> This paper aims at identifying how the Medieval Christian history provides insights, and suggests solutions in regard to present corruption-related social problems in in the modern world. The study is expected to show that the Church is a human organization that is dynamic rather than static, a community that does not have immunity over other forces operating on earth such as corruption.</p> <p><strong>Methodology: </strong>Key data was acquired from literature materials dealing with the history of Christianity during the Middle Ages or medieval period. The second group of literature materials provided information that has to do with the current social moral issues, with special focus on corruption. The study applies narrative method of literature review to fill the gaps on what corruption entails. Both qualitative and quantitative study designs were engaged.</p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> The desire for power and prestige, simony and investiture, feudalism, sale of indulgences, and nepotism are all identified with the medieval period church history. The Church must be given credit for the effort it put in eradicating those evils, and the modern Church’s challenge is to continue fighting for the same. The modern Church has been challenged to learn from the mistakes of the medieval Church and make sure that they are not repeated. Moral depravity, lack of proper education, poverty, land issues, and love of money have been highlighted as the key factors that contribute to the increase of corruption in Kenya and many other countries in Africa. Change of values, instilling of accountability systems, playing a mediating role, and establishing anti-corruption education are stated as the key methods that Christians should incorporate in their fight against corruption.</p> <p><strong>Unique Contribution to theory, practice and policy: </strong>The Church of the medieval period portrayed a clear picture that the whole human society was subject to the will of God. In spite of the many pitfalls that accompanied Christianity, there still remained many faithful people who were true ambassadors of Christ. It must also be known that Christianity deserves unreserved credit for her forefront participation in the development of the modern societies. The church is recommended to take a forefront position in the fight against corruption.</p> 2021-09-11T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2021 European Journal of Philosophy, Culture and Religion https://ajpojournals.org/journals/index.php/EJPCR/article/view/779 Effects of divorce in the church: a case study of selected CITAM churches in Kenya (CITAM Valley Road, CITAM Woodley, CITAM Ngong) 2021-08-23T12:24:56+03:00 Elias Juma Simiyu eliassimiyu.2017@gmail.com <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The church is expected to contribute to the stable marriage and ensure that it has put measures in place that will reduce the rate of divorce as much as possible.&nbsp; The purpose of the paper is to determine the effects of divorce in the selected churches of CITAM in Kenya. The objectives is to establish whether divorce has any effect on the psychological wellbeing of&nbsp; children and spouses affected, some of the causes of divorce, and the role of CITAM in reducing divorce in the church.</p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> The paper adopted qualitative research methods to obtain in-depth information on the situation. The study used a descriptive research design and the target population of the research was 100 church members who have undergone the divorce, from which the researcher was able to obtain a sample of 27 participants through the saturated sampling technique. The data was collected using interviews. The data was analyzed using QDA miner lite 2.0.7. The data was presented using tables and charts.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>Some of the causes of divorce include infidelity, variation in expectations, communication breakdown, and lack of support system, finances, in-laws, abuse and wrong orientations to marriage. CITAM should enhance support to families and enhance premarital counselling. Divorce causes psychological problems to divorced spouses and children and also causes stigmatization.</p> <p><strong>Recommendations:</strong> The church needs to diversify means in which its members are empowered on how to embrace God’s teaching much more than their tradition or culture. The church members are aware of the biblical teaching that discourages them from divorce and therefore the church needs to diversify means by which they live according to God’s word which is the pillar for every marriage. The church needs to improve its premarital counseling as this is the building block of marriage. The church should also intentionally have professional counselors who have experience in marital issues and who will not mislead those who come for help in the church. The church needs to develop programs that can support church members who find themselves in troubled marriages by coming up with counseling programs that identifies with the affected church members.</p> 2021-08-23T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2021 European Journal of Philosophy, Culture and Religion