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The Last Phase

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/9780198264088.003.0020
The Last Phase

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With the exchange of letters between Augustine and Gaudentius, the continuous thread in the story of Donatism is interrupted. For the next century and a half the Donatists might have ceased to exist – the records are silent. With the arrival of the Vandals in 429 there is a long period of obscurity. In the Vandal period, the main theme in African church history is the comparatively rapid decline of the Catholic Church from the pre-eminence gained in the last generation of Roman rule. Aside from that, the literary records are silent.

Keywords: Augustine; Gaudentius; Vandals; Numidia; Catholicism

Chapter.  6617 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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