International Journal of Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology

International Journal of Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology ISSN 6740-1317 Vol. 1 (1), pp. 001-008, January, 2013. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

A study on the co-existence of religion and politics

*William Kidero, Davis Mutunga and James Orengo

Department of Philosophy Religion and Theology, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.


Accepted 03 January, 2013


This article is an attempt to prove that Religion and politics are two realms inseparable basically because they concern the same subject matter, namely man and woman, who are both material and spiritual. This article sought primarily to provoke thinking in these great issues of the day, and tried to discuss how religious people, both individually and collectively, can take up the challenge and responsibility posed by the current political, social and economic thinking and action especially in Africa. The findings of the research indicate that there is no blueprint pattern of behaviour of religion and politics relationship anywhere that could be transplanted and fitted into our situation in Africa. The Bible, Qur'an or any other religious scripture will at best give the principles and not the prescription for their adherents in a particular place. It is up to the people of a particular milieu to apply these principles to their present circumstances and time.

Key words: Religion, church, state, politics, violence.