ShahidiHub International Journal of Theology & Religious Studies 2023-11-30T16:21:51-05:00 MANAGING EDITOR Open Journal Systems <p>ShahidiHub International Journal of Theology &amp; Religious Studies- <strong>ISSN (Online Version): 2788-967X</strong> is a monthly, double-blind, peer-reviewed, unrestricted access journal, published by “ShahidiHub Publishing” in Kenya, East Africa. The journal publishes original and recent scholarly research, of both empirical and theoretical nature.<br /><br /><strong>Areas / Fields<br /></strong>Exegetical Theology, Biblical Studies, Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Practical Theology, Political Theology, Ecological Theology, Hermeneutics, African Christian Theology, African Church History, Church History, Theology &amp; Culture, Theology &amp; Development, World Christianity, Intercultural/Missions &amp; Church Planting Studies, Pastoral Studies, and Translation Studies, Comparative Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Christian Ethics.</p> Covering with the Blood of Jesus: An Appraisal of Its Spiritual Significance and a Theological Response 2023-10-14T05:40:40-04:00 Leonard Ndzi <p>This study examines the biblical and theological underpinning of the common phrase “covering with the blood of Jesus.” This phrase holds enormous symbolic power in the Bible, and in the lives of Christians who have used it as a powerful means of protection, redemption, and deliverance from various afflictions. The study explores how this phrase has been rendered within the African cultural context and worldview. It proposes that the concept aligns with traditional African religious beliefs and practices, contributing to a unique syncretic expression of faith that blends indigenous cultural elements with Christian doctrine. Apart from exploring the impact of this phrase on individual spirituality, communal identity, and religious practices in diverse African contexts, the study also examines potential challenges and controversies associated with the phrase’s usage. The study argues for a balanced theological understanding of the concept while maintaining its spiritual essence within the African Christian context.</p> 2023-10-13T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Christian Union Students’ Perception of Family Background as a Factor Contributing to Cultism in Public Universities in Kenya 2023-11-30T16:21:51-05:00 James Omondi Siwa William Chesaina Kipkoros Japheth Kigen <p>This study examines the Christian Union students’ perception of family background as a factor influencing cultism in public universities in Kenya. Studies have shown that cultism is prevalent among university students, resulting in suicides, drug abuse, crimes, unrest, withdrawal from family, academic malpractices and failure, attrition, and psychological and financial exploitation, among others. The study was conducted in six public universities in Kenya and employed a descriptive research design guided by the Bounded Choice Theory. It established that the nature of family background contributes significantly to the prevalence of cultism and that the setting in which a student lives affects their disposition toward cultism. Dysfunctional families and cultic households seem to foster the recruitment into cultism. Cults use expressions of overwhelming love, also referred to as “love bombing” techniques, to give their members a false sense of affection to feel secure and accepted. The study recommends that families be educated on the dangers of cultism, the importance of understanding the biblical truth, and solid parental care. Since Christian Union (CU) members hail from diverse family backgrounds, the CU should organise targeted discipleship programmes to help debrief and reorient students to sound biblical teachings. Furthermore, the CUs should provide a support system for their members from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to shield them from the allures of cultists. In addition, the study underscores the need for preemptive education, training, and psychological and spiritual counselling intervention to enhance family values.</p> 2023-11-30T00:00:00-05:00 Copyright (c) 2023