St Optatus

(fl. 370)

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(fl. 370),

Bp. of Milevis in N. Africa. Nothing is known of him apart from his treatise ‘Against Parmenian the Donatist’. His argument turns on the lack of ‘catholicity’ among the Donatists, but he also attacks their claim to ‘holiness’. An appendix (‘dossier’) of important historical documents has received much attention from modern scholars. Feast day, 4 June.

Subjects: Christianity.

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