SELFISH INTEREST IN THOMAS HOBBES VIS-À-VIS THE UNDERSTANDING OF GOD IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD: ATR AS A CASE STUDY
There has been contention on whether whatever people do has selfish interest. A lot of people were of the opinion that whatever people do in this world has a lot of selfish interest.
Thomas Hobbes, one of the modern philosophers has a diction that there is some element of selfish interest in whatever people do. He explained that even going to church has this interest. In this work, the author tried to x-ray the opinion of Thomas Hobbes and he tried to relate it to the African Traditional Religion and its way of worshipping their god. In the work, the Africans worship their god and their aim for worshipping was x-rayed. He did this by juxtaposing the opinion of Thomas Hobbes with African way of worship and their aim. The work used the socio-cultural and historical approach for its findings. In doing this, it was discovered that Thomas Hobbes accusation still hold water. It was also concluded that whatever Africans do as its regards worship has an element of selfish interest in them and this interest helps them in the different effort they make in worshipping their gods.
Keywords: Selfish, Interest, gods, Contemporary,World.