An Eccumenical Option for the Church in Nigeria
Chapter One:Francis Sullivan and his Notion of the Church
Chapter OneFrancis Sullivan and His Notion of the Church
This first chapter is structured into two sections. In its first section, a general overview of the life and works of our author Francis Alfred Sullivan1 will be presented. The historical and theological context of his theological elaborations will be surveyed in view of their possible influence on his works. The first section will be concluded with an investigation into Sullivan’s theological method.
In the second section of chapter one, our preoccupation will turn to Sullivan’s notion of the Church. Particularly significant is the fact that Sullivan refrained from proffering any definition of the Church. He however begins his reflection by explaining in what sense “we believe in the church.”2 Thereafter, he treats other themes, such as: the Church as the work of the Trinity, the Church and the Kingdom of God, the Biblical images of the Church, the Church as the Body of Christ, and the Church as one “complex reality.”3
His treatment of each of these themes will be carefully studied. Let us now begin with the first part of this section namely; an overview of Sullivan’s life and works.