THE RELIGIOUS PROGNOSIS OF THE FAMILY AS NEXUS FOR SOUND MORAL UPBRINGING IN NIGERIA
The family has remained the greatest serviceable factor in human history. It is the nucleus of the society where economic, political, social and educative functions are realized. Above all these, the religious education of the society also emanates from the family and reaches a fuller and effective degree in formal instructions at school, church and mosque, to the public space. The main aim of this paper is that, religious education which lay emphasis on the individual to follow teachings, accept beliefs and worship with fellow members in service and group affairs; including ethics or code of conduct, regulating members behaviour toward one another; to seeking to discover values through worship and discipline must be emphasized. The influence of other religious attitudes, western civilization and social change has not permitted the full realization of a disciplined society particularly as it affects Nigeria as a nation. This paper holds that the family still remains the primary instrument where a combined religious ethics of African Traditional Religion, Christianity and Islamic ethics can be disseminated and practiced. This will ultimately help the upbringing of the young members of our society into the full realization of their roles as moral beings. This paper also points to the fact that, for us to achieve all these, the role of the church, mosque and school must be raised to run the moral circuit complete.