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The Problem of Donatism: Origins of the Schism

W. H. C. Frend

in The Donatist Church

Published in print November 1985 | ISBN: 9780198264088
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682704 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264088.003.0002
The Problem of Donatism: Origins of the Schism

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The cleavage of faiths between Christianity and Islam has been one of the dominating factors in the history of the Mediterranean countries. By the middle of the eighth century, Christianity, which had reigned supreme throughout the Mediterranean, had been ousted from all but its northern shores. Though subsequently the balance altered in favour of the Christian Church, which reconquered Spain and Sicily, the rift between Christendom on the northern and western shores of the Mediterranean and Islam on its southern and eastern shores has lasted until today. The splendid ruins of the Roman cities, with their churches and temples, serve as a reminder of the eventual failure of both Christianity and classical culture to survive over large areas where they had once prevailed. The object of this book is to discuss the opening phase of this development in a particular area: North Africa.

Keywords: Christianity; Islam; Donatist Church; North Africa; Roman

Chapter.  10618 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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