An Eccumenical Option for the Church in Nigeria
Chapter Two:The Marks of the Church
Chapter TwoThe Marks of the Church
This second chapter is structured in four sections. Each of these sections borders on a theological discourse on each of the marks (notae) of the Church. We will conduct our study here carefully by treating the issues in this chapter in conscious exclusion of Sullivan’s theological meditation on them, although the entire corpus of our investigative inquiry borders on an ecumenico-ecclesiological exploration of the marks of the Church in the ecclesiology of Sullivan, which will be given a considerable treatment in the next chapter. Indeed, a study of the theological nuances of the four marks of the Church in this chapter will be a crucial prelude to an appreciation of Sullivan’s take on these four marks.
Here, the marks of the Church will be treated not without any teleological motivation, but with a clear-cut intention of touching on such themes that will be of direct consequence at illustrating our set objective. To accomplish our desired goal, we will adopt an historical, expository and analytical method. The reason for such options is rooted in the conviction that with such tools, we will be enabled to wade into the historical past in view of discovering the reason or reasons that may have led to their formation and formulation into a creedal statement, and the understanding that may have been had of them even in apostolic and post-apostolic periods and then to the present time. I am inclined to think...