Multiplication of Religious Sects in the Modern World has affected the Social Behavior of Youths in all Aspects of Life: An Epistemological Enquiry
- Country : Nigeria
- Subject : Philosophy
Karl Marx made a popular postulation where he averred that religion is the opium of the masses. Religion is not a new phenomenon in our world, per se. It has been part of indigenous culture and tradition of various parts of the world. Prior to the colonisation system and the jihad war which brought about the passage of the religion peculiar to a given people to another group people; every geographical entity and her people have their way of religion. Every religion in the world has its tenets and principles which are fundamental to the belief held by her followers across the globe. There are, however, some forms of inconsistencies when the denominations making up a given religious group are put to the test. In the world today, there are more than a thousand denominations or sects scattered across the known religious groups in the world. The known religious groups in the world are Islam, Christianity, and Buddha, Judaism, Hindu, Moralist, and atheists, among others. All these religious groups have principles which are common across them. That common principle is one of the significant roles of religion in the world today. The principle is the ability to have an impact and effect on the social, behavioural patterns of her followers. At all times the religion which one belongs to have a way to impact the social behaviour of that person? These religious groups also have a multifaceted sects or denomination that causes a bit different in or two doctrines which a particular sect or denomination upholds; however, notwithstanding the multifaceted sects and denominations which are seen within these religious groups, especially, in the Christian and Islamic religions respectively; the same common principle still applies; which is to impact the social behaviour of the members. It follows that religion may be deemed to have failed if it does not have any impact on the social behaviours of her followers. Although the state of social behaviours amongst the youths in all aspects of life could be said to be at a decaying level, there are still youths whose social behaviours are positive as a result of the religious sects. Thus, this paper tends to make an epistemological enquiry to find out if the multiplication of religious sects in the world has affected the social behaviours of youths in all aspects of life.