HomeLUMINAvol. 21 no. 2 (2010)

The Imperativeness of Professional Ethics in Religious Studies Scholarship in Nigeria

Jacob Kehinde Ayantayo

Discipline: Social, Theological, Philosophical, Anthropological, Natural and Applied Sciences



The work is strictly restricted to discussion about the essence, benefit and implications of designing and implementing Codes of ethics for Religious Studies scholarship. The method of approach is both descriptive and argumentative and these would be done within the ambit of functionalism theory propounded by Talcot Parson and expanded by Emile Durkheim. This theory suggests that society is an organic whole each of its constituent parts working to maintain the others and the body as a whole. This theory is relevant to our examination of the relevance of code of ethics for Religious Studies scholarship because it would help scholars of religion make meaningful the phenomenon of religion as an institution with capacity to enhancing, preserving and maintaining a stable social whole.