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The Conference of Carthage <span class="smallCaps">a.d.</span> 411

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/9780198264088.003.0018
The Conference of Carthage a.d. 411

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The choice of the Count Marcellinus as president of the conference that was to decide the future of Donatism was eminently satisfactory to the Catholics. Like many other high officials among Augustine's friends, Marcellinus seems to have been a sincere and upright man devoted to the Catholic cause. After the Conference was over, Marcellinus consulted his friend on every step in the tactics to be pursued to destroy Donatism throughout North Africa. With such a man as president, the Conference could only have one result. The victory of Augustine was therefore complete. The Donatists had been brought to a conference, out-argued, and proscribed by the due process of the law. The real test, however, was to be the use to which he could put his success. Previous experience had shown that it was one thing to defeat the Donatists in debate, another to convert the North African provinces to Catholicism.

Keywords: Marcellinus; Augustine; Donatism; Catholic; North Africa

Chapter.  6564 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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