International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

A Philosophical Examination of the Church and the State in the Development of the Human Person
J Chidozie Chukwuokolo PhD, Sylvester Idemudia Odia

This paper attempts to evaluate developmental lopsidedness especially between the “developed” and the “underdeveloped” in lieu of the development of the human person. It makes bold to assert that development is a holistic venture where all the components of the human person namely spiritual, moral and material dimensions have to be developed paripasu. This is in line with the African conception of the human person as a concuss of the spiritual, the moral and the material. Any of the components that is developed at the expense of the other brings developmental malaise as are currently in ‘vogue’ in Africa. It therefore places serious emphasis on the institutionalization of morality in the churches in such a way that humans will be doers and not hearers of religious teachings. The state therefore is supposed to take care of the material needs of the people while the church takes of the moral and spiritual needs of man. It surmises that it is only in this sense of proper, enhanced and balanced development of the human persona that virile development could be achieved.

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