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St. Augustine and the Donatists

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/9780198264088.003.0016
St. Augustine and the Donatists

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In 391/2, Aurelius, the new Catholic Bishop of Carthage, had the qualities of an organizer, and he was blessed with longevity, which enabled him to guide the Catholic Church in Africa on a continuous course until the Vandal invasion. Above all, he had the friendship and loyal support of one of the outstanding men in human history, Augustine, Bishop of Hippo. The development of the Donatist controversy from A.D. 388 is intimately bound up with the work of the Bishops of Carthage and Hippo. On the Catholic side, the Proconsular Province and Numidia co-operated in a manner rare in African church history. Augustine and his friends occupied the key bishoprics, took the lead in the conciliar debates, represented the Church at the Imperial Court, and maintained the struggle against sundry intellectual disturbers of the peace, such as the Arians and the Pelagians.

Keywords: Catholic Church; African Church; Carthage; Hippo; Donatist controversy

Chapter.  7390 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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