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The Expansion of Christianity in North Africa

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/9780198264088.003.0008
The Expansion of Christianity in North Africa

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By the mid-third century a.d., the Christian Church was probably well on the way to gaining a predominant hold on the North African provinces. The story of the African Church begins with martyrdom, and martyrdom was to be one of its major characteristics throughout. The death of Cyprian was followed by no schism between Carthage and Numidia, and the cessation of persecution in Africa under Callienus and his successors assured the Church over 40 years of unimpeded growth. Although the period that saw the final triumph of the Church remains obscure, it is certain that it saw the change of allegiance from Saturn to Christ on the High Plains. It is clear also that Christianity was becoming the religion of educated men.

Keywords: African Church; martyrdom; Creator God; Saturn; Christ

Chapter.  3279 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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