The Limits of a Divided Nation with Perspectives from the Bible

By Michael Ufok Udoekpo

Foreword by Donatus Udoette, Caroline N. Mbonu

Afterword by Anselm Camillus Etokakpan

The Limits of a Divided Nation with Perspectives from the Bible

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  • ISBN: 9781725256118
  • Pages: 142
  • Publication Date: 1/31/2020
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The Limits of a Divided Nation with Perspectives from the Bible

By Michael Ufok Udoekpo

Foreword by Donatus Udoette, Caroline N. Mbonu

Afterword by Anselm Camillus Etokakpan

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  • ISBN: 9781725256118
  • Pages: 142
  • Publication Date: 1/31/2020
  • Retail Price: $19.00
Web Price: $15.20
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About-

Michael Udoekpo’s work brilliantly and pastorally discusses the issues of conflict, friction, and disunity in the world—and in Nigeria in particular—from biblical, historical, and sociocultural perspectives. These issues, he stresses, are endemic in various fabrics of the Nigerian society, traceable to the family as the foundation of any given society. They are also found in religious, political, and media groups. Contributing factors, Udoekpo argues, are materialism, infidelity, relativism, and fundamentalism. Others are ethnocentrism, anthropocentricism, ignorance, bribery, and corruption with other forms of injustices. Drawing from the Bible, Udoekpo proposes prayer, proper education, truth-telling, restoration of family values, interreligious and cultural dialogue, ecumenism, enforcement of rule of law, faith, and absolute trust in God as antidotes to conflict, violence, friction, and disunity in our contemporary society.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“At this time when there is so much violence, conflict, terrorism, and division, beginning from the family to the international community, this book comes as a timely masterpiece to address these issues. The author’s masterly use of the Scriptures to critique and correct the current status quo makes it convincing that peaceful coexistence is possible in Nigeria and elsewhere. The depth of scholarship and simplicity of language commend this volume as a must read.”

—Donatus Udoette, Uyo Catholic Diocese, Nigeria



“Multifaceted problems in religion and society are caused by humans who have lost touch with what it means to be human. If these problems are to be resolved, these responsible agents need to be repositioned to reclaim their true identity as people created in God’s ‘image and likeness.’ . . . Fr. Udoekpo is to be very highly commended for painstakingly illustrating this truth and offering sustainable solutions.”

—Teresa Okure, SHCJ, Catholic Institute of West Africa, Nigeria



“Fr. Mike Ufok has successfully woven together those social factors which inhibit the search for ethics and unity in Nigeria and globally, factors such as corruption, injustice, oppression, kidnappings, terrorism, crimes, fear, unemployment, human degradation, and the rising tide of atheistic secularism. . . . He is able to proffer a remedial process of returning to core family values and the rule of law. . . . Highly recommended for both academics and policy makers.”

—Basil A. Ekot, Veritas University Abuja, Nigeria



“Insightful and analytical in nature. Dr. Michael Udoekpo gives the reader deep and clear root causes of human failures as an individual and as a society and proposes a spiritual and moral revolution that ought to start immediately from within.”

—Anselm Camillus Etokakpan, University of Uyo, Nigeria



“This multifaceted study wades into the causes of conflict and disharmony in the world, and particularly Nigeria, and emerges unscarred with concrete proposals on how to deal with them. The author exemplifies this with select texts from the Bible and in-depth analysis of the role of the family, mass media, and politics in guaranteeing the stability of any nation. In a society marked by incessant conflicts and threats of war, I highly recommend this book.”

—Emmanuel O. Nwaoru, Catholic Institute of West Africa, Nigeria

Contributors-

Michael Ufok Udoekpo
Donatus Udoette
Caroline N. Mbonu
Anselm Camillus Etokakpan

Bio(s)-

Michael Ufok Udoekpo is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies (OT), previously at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (2011–20), and has recently been appointed to the Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, and Veritas Catholic University in Abuja, Nigeria. He has taught at St. Joseph Major Seminary in Ikot Ekpene. His several books include Rethinking the Prophetic Critique of Worship in Amos 5 (2017) and Israel’s Prophets and the Prophetic Effect of Pope Francis (2018).

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