Tertullian, Minucius Felix

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Tertullian, Minucius Felix

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The polemical writings of Tertullian, a product of the educated classes of Carthage penetrated by Christianity in the late second century, attacked both polytheism and fellow Christians with whom he disagreed. The laity had an important role in Tertullian's concept of the Church, and he sympathized with Montanism. Tertullian's works illustrate how Montanist rigorism was only an exaggeration of the Puritanism characteristic of Christians as a whole. The Latin defence of the faith entitled Octavius by the North African Christian, Minucius Felix, owes much to Tertullian but is presented in a less aggressive fashion.

Keywords: Minucius Felix; Montanism; North Africa; Tertullian

Chapter.  2579 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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