An Eccumenical Option for the Church in Nigeria
Chapter Three:The Dynamics Of Sullivan’s Ecclesiological Articulation of the Four Marks of the Church
Chapter ThreeThe Dynamics of Sullivan’s Ecclesiological Articulation of the Four Marks of the Church
This chapter is structured in four sections. The four marks of the Church as presented by Francis Sullivan will be exposed under each of these four-fold major divisions. That is to say, that the dynamics of Sullivan’s ecclesiological articulation of each mark will form a constitutive content of each section. Each of these expositions will be made in view of actualizing our set objective. This means that our exposition will be a selective presentation of Sullivan’s ecclesiological articulation of the four marks of the Church, which we cannot even pretend to entirely expose in this one presentation. Our focus therefore, is an exposition of the dynamic content of the four marks of the Church, which specifically is deeper than is imagined.
It is of particular interest to note, according to Sullivan, that even within the Catholic setting, a proper analysis of the Creed ought to be made, because, there is much more to the oneness, holiness, catholicity and apostolicity of the Church than what ordinarily meets the eye. It is in this regard, that he looks at these not merely as visible ‘marks’ or ‘notes,’ but in their full reality as attributes or properties of the Church in all their aspects. Indeed, from the perspective of these four properties of the Church, one can as from a prism see the ecclesiological views of Francis Sullivan cutting through all...