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An Ecclesiological Exploration of the Four Marks of the Church

An Eccumenical Option for the Church in Nigeria


Philip Chika Omenukwa

The vibrancy of faith and the fast growth of different churches in Nigeria seem to obscure the reality of some precarious historical challenges that call for crucial and genuine ecclesiological inquiry. The Nigerian Church’s unique history loaded with various facets of indoctrination and the peculiarities of her constituents demands an urgent ecclesial and theological attention. Following an exploratory, analytical, critical and historical methodology, this book finds Francis Alfred Sullivan’s explication of the intricate nuances of the Four Marks of the Church as a fitting ecumenical model for the Nigerian ecclesial situation. It delves into this model and presents the findings through a catechetical prism as an alternative for effective and sustainable de-indoctrination. The author also finds dialogue as a probable effective tool for de-indoctrination, but also acknowledges that legitimate ecclesiological dialogue does not rule out difficulties in the process. He therefore argues that the consciousness of the ecumenical worth of the Four Marks of the Church as well as faithfulness to the principles of dialogue will lead to the resolution of much of these differences.
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Omenukwa, Philip Chika, 1975-    An ecclesiological exploration of the four marks of the church : an ecumenical option for the church in Nigeria : a study in the ecclesiology of Francis Alfred Sullivan / Philip Chika Omenukwa. -- 1 [edition].   pages cm. -- (African theological studies, 2196-0615 ; Volume 5) ISBN 978-3-631-64951-01. Church--Marks. 2. Christianity--Nigeria. 3. Sullivan, Francis A. (Francis Alfred), 1922- I. Title.BV601.O44 2014262'.72--dc23                                                                              2013048588

ISSN 2196-0615ISBN 978-3-631-64951-0 (Print)E-ISBN 978-3-653-04074-6 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/ 978-3-653-04074-6

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