The Aftermath of the Conference <span class="smallCaps">a.d.</span> 412–29

W. H. C. Frend

in The Donatist Church

Published in print November 1985 | ISBN: 9780198264088
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682704 | DOI:
The Aftermath of the Conference a.d. 412–29

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In the 17 years that remained of Roman rule in Africa, the Catholics left nothing undone to make their success lasting. In contrast to the situation in previous periods of ‘Unity’, they had the full support of the chief military and executive officials in Roman Africa. As a first step the results of the great Conference were given as much publicity as possible. The villages, however, where Donatism was strongest remained comparatively prosperous and unscathed. The Donatist leaders stood firm, and one learns that their conduct influenced the masses. In the countryside, archaeologists have yet to find clear evidence for the transformation of a Donatist church into a Catholic one. In these circumstances, to assume that Unity was enforced would probably be mistaken.

Keywords: Roman rule; Africa; Catholics; Donatism; Augustine; fanaticism

Chapter.  3983 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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