An Eccumenical Option for the Church in Nigeria
Chapter Five:Ecumenism, the Church in Nigeria and the Ecumenical Option of Sullivan’s Four Marks of the Church
Chapter FiveEcumenism, the Church in Nigeria and the Ecumenical Option of Sullivan’s Four Marks of the Church
This chapter is structured into three sections. The first section concerns itself with a general introduction to the understanding of ecumenism with brief historical illustrations of its early beginning. The second section introduces us to the birth of ecumenism in Nigeria and the factors responsible for it. It further enables us to know the extent ecumenical event has taken place in Nigeria, with eventual stress on the successes and failures it has recorded and the obstacles inhibiting its steady progress. The third section simply dwells on the explorative application of the four marks of the Church as ecumenical recommendation for a sustainable ecumenical engagement in the Nigerian context given its unique constitutive structure. We begin first with the general understanding of ecumenism as a first step towards a better appreciation of what the entire project entails.
5.1 Understanding Ecumenism
For a better appreciation of our further considerations in the subsequent sections, we will as a matter of necessity make brief illustrations on the essential meaning of the term ecumenism. We will do this by first approaching it through its etymology. This will be followed by a brief historical elaboration of its early appropriation and theological utilization by the separated brethren. Here, special illustrations will be made about the International Missionary Conference of 1910, the Faith and Order Movement, the Life and Work Movement and...