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Sophia: An African Journal of Philosophy

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Doctrinal controversies and ecumenical councils

L U Ogbonnaya

Abstract


This work focused on the doctrinal controversies that have confronted the Church in the course of its development and the accompanying councils that sought to resolve these theological controversies. The paper did this historically, by showing the origin of the problems, the factors and features involved in the controversies as well as the resolutions of each ecumenical council. The paper limited its concern to the doctrine of Trinity and Christology. It also evaluated these doctrines in the light of Asouzu‟s principle of integration or science of missing link. Through it, their strengths and weaknesses are shown.

Key Words: Doctrine, Ecumanical, Trinity, Christology, Controversy, Creeds, Church.




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