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  Donatist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In particular, the birth of the Donatist movement came out of opposition to the appointment of Caecilian as bishop of Carthage in 312 AD because of his pro-government stance.
During and after the Reformation, the word "Donatist" (sometimes "neo-Donatist") was commonly used by the magisterial reformers as an incriminating label to refer to the more radical reformers such as the Anabaptists.
Donatists in the Catholic Encyclopedia - goes into some detail about the politics in the early church that was the background for the rise and fall of Donatism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Donatist   (890 words)

 Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series I, Vol. IV
The double purpose is to define that sacrament as the property of Christ, and to overthrow the Donatist appeal to the authority of Cyprian and the famous council of Carthage, with its eighty-seven deliverances in favor of the repetition of the rite.
The hostility of the Donatists was increased by the Collation.
Donatists do not commune with the churches addressed in those epistles which they read at their services, because they say these perished by communion with the African Caecilians, and yet they put in the plea that a case should not be prejudged by a case nor a person by a person.
www.ccel.org /fathers2/NPNF1-04/npnf1-04-49.htm   (19414 words)

 Donatism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Donatist belief is grounded in the view that only those who morally pure can be members of the church.
The Donatists regarded catholic church as compromised because some of its bishops had betrayed their faith during persecution and because it had accepted the support of the Roman authorities.
The Donatist schism has its origins in the Diocletian persecution of the church at the beginning of the 4th century.
philtar.ucsm.ac.uk /encyclopedia/christ/early/donat.html   (365 words)

 Donatist   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Donatist charges centered on the fact that certain Catholic bishops had handed over the Scriptures to be burned during the early third-century persecution under Diocletian.
Cyprian, the Donatists believed that the validity of the sacrament depended upon the holiness of the celebrant.
The Donatists were opposed to state interference in church affairs and the secularization of the church.
ccnmtl.columbia.edu /projects/mmt/augustine/terms/3556.html   (249 words)

But the Donatists of St. Augustine's time were anxious to deny this, as they did not wish to admit that their protagonist had been condemned, and the Catholics at the conference of 411 granted them the existence of a Donatus, Bishop of Casae Nigrae, who had distinguished himself by active hostility to Caecilian.
Outside Africa the Donatists had a bishop residing on the property of an adherent in Spain, and at an early period of the schism they made a bishop for their small congregation in Rome, which met, it seems, on a hill outside the city, and had the name of "Montenses".
Primianus, Donatist Bishop of Carthage, excommunicated the deacon Maximianus.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/05121a.htm   (8758 words)

 Western North Africa: Donatism
The Donatists were a schismatic sect of especially rigorous Christians in North Africa from the fourth to the seventh centuries.
The Donatists held that Christians who had caved in to persecution were no longer fit to occupy positions of leadership in the Church, and, perhaps more importantly, had lost the grace of the Holy Spirit to effectively administer sacraments.
As time went on the Donatists extended their conviction that the clergy needed to be holy and in a state of grace, to a view in which the entire church needed to be similarly holy and in a state of grace.
www.bethel.edu /~letnie/AfricanChristianity/WNADonatism.html   (1031 words)

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Donatists claimed continuity with their hero Cyprian when they valued the purity engendered by Baptism within their own communion, not the bogus baptism offered by the Catholic traditor communities.
Being a Donatist or a Catholic was not simply a matter of where one had grown up, near what sort of church, nor was it a matter of an individual perceiving the truth about which church was the true Church.
These were men who had been leaders among the Donatists and in the course of their repentance and return to the Catholic church brought entire congregations over with them.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /psco/year38/tilley1.txt   (3166 words)

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Theologies of Penance during the Donatist Controversy Maureen A. Tilley (Forthcoming in Studia Patristica) In the Donatist-Catholic schism, scholars tend to highlight the differences between the two churches.
Ironically, men soon to be Donatists pioneered the articulation of the principle for which Augustine would later be famous: the character of the minister of the sacrament was less important than the performance of the ritual, unity and peace.
If Donatists had not lost their baptism on the outside, they had not lost their ability to baptize or ordain on the outside.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /psco/year38/tilley2.txt   (2230 words)

 Donatism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Behind their objection lay the heresy, familiar to Montanism and Novatian, that only those living a blameless life belonged in the church, and, further, that the validity of any sacrament depended upon the personal worthiness of the priest administering it.
The Donatist practice of rebaptizing was particularly abhorrent to the orthodox.
It was the teaching of St. Augustine, as presented in his writings and at the debate between orthodox and Donatist bishops at Carthage (411), that turned the tide against Donatism.
www.bartleby.com /65/do/Donatism.html   (308 words)

 Kids.net.au - Encyclopedia Donatist -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Donatists were followers of a belief considered a heresy by the Roman Catholic Church.
They were localized in Roman Africa, and flourished in the fourth and fifth centuries.
Their primary disagreement with the rest of the Church was over the treatment of individuals who forsook their faith during the Persecution (303 - 305) of Diocletian.
www.kidsseek.com /encyclopedia-wiki/do/Donatist   (205 words)

The Donatist Schism, which, in the fourth century, wrought as much damage to the Church in Africa as did the contemporary Arian trouble to the Church in the East, was a legacy from the persecution of Diocletian.
The Donatists appealed against the decision, alleging the invalidity of Cecilian's ordination and asking for judges from among the bishops of Gaul; and Constantine agreed that the question should be reopened.
It was the re-union of the Church and the convincing of the Donatists that he desired; and side by side with the controversy there went on a persistent effort, maintained with a patience and charity that never tired, to open up negotiations with the Donatist bishops.
www.geocities.com /catholic_profide/history2.htm   (20596 words)

 Twenty First Century Truth and Testimony -- Sermons--Donatist and Waldensian
The claim of catholic for their church was quite often made by the Donatists, which claim was very annoying to "the Catholics".
Augustine's theory that the strict discipline of the Donatists would split the Catholic church into a thousand schisms, was a high commendation of the reformers, and thus, as it often happened, his censure was their praise.
These writings, like all other of the Donatists which have been preserved and have come down to us, are dispersed in the writings of Augustine, for the purpose of refuting them.
www.21tnt.com /archives_sermons/donatist.htm   (4393 words)

The Donatists were gaining "converts" to their cause and a division was arising in the Catholic church.
They began to practice rebaptism which was particularly troublesome to the church at the time and was condemned at the Synod of Arles in 314 since it basically said the authority in the Catholic church was lost.
The Donatist issue was raised at several ecumenical councils and finally submitted to Emporer Constantine in 316.
www.carm.org /heresy/donatism.htm   (453 words)

 Donatist --  Encyclopædia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Historically, the Donatists belong to the tradition of early Christianity that produced the Montanist and Novatianist movements in Asia Minor and the Melitians in Egypt.
It was convened at Arles in southern Gaul in August 314 by Emperor Constantine I, primarily to deal with the problem of the Donatists, a schismatic Christian group in North Africa.
Attended by representatives of 43 bishoprics, this synod was held because the Donatists had denied...
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9030905?tocId=9030905   (343 words)

 Respect and Donatist Heresy
The Donatist heresy, as it later came to be called -- all “heresies” seemed perfectly mainstream to those who espoused them; calling them a heresy is a clear example of what we call “victor's justice" -- held that priests who were personally unworthy or sinful invalidated the sacraments they administered, such as baptism or communion.
In effect, the Donatists believed that you have to read into the heart of the person wearing the cassock to see whether his actions were administratively binding.
The Donatist position is found in the UCMJ, which details all sorts of things unrelated to battle orders that officers aren't allowed to do on pain of demotion and discharge.
www.military.com /opinion/0,15202,83296,00.html?ESRC=opinions.RSS   (807 words)

 Donatist --  Britannica Concise Encyclopedia - The online encyclopedia you can trust!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
When Julian the Apostate became emperor in 361, the exiled Donatists returned to Africa and were the majority Christian party for the next 30 years.
Their opponents, however, now led by St. Augustine of Hippo, gained strength, and in 411 a conference presided over by Augustine's friend the imperial tribune Marcellinus was held in Carthage.
In 412 and 414 severe laws denied the Donatists civil and ecclesiastical rights; however, the Donatists expected hostility from the world as part of the natural order of things, and they survived into the 7th century.
www.britannica.com /ebc/article-9030905   (881 words)

 Augustine [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
In order to arrive at a decision as to what influence the Donatist controversy had upon Augustine's intellectual development, it is necessary to see how long and how intensely he was concerned with it.
He was considered by the schismatics as their chief antagonist, and was obliged to defend himself against a libelous attack on their part in a rejoinder now lost.
After the Carthaginian synod of 403 had made preparations for a decisive debate with the Donatists, and the latter had declined to fall in with the plan, the bitterness on both sides increased.
www.iep.utm.edu /a/augustin.htm   (4484 words)

The later Donatists declared them forged, but not only could Saint Optatus refer to the age of the parchment on which they were written, but they are made easily credible by the testimonies given before Zenophilus in 320.
But the Donatists of Saint Augustine's time were anxious to deny this, as they did not wish to admit that their protagonist had been condemned, and the Catholics at the conference of 411 granted them the existence of a Donatus, Bishop of Casae Nigrae, who had distinguished himself by active hostility to Caecilian.
He met with resistance in a place named Octava, and the altars and tablets to be seen there in Saint Optatus's time testified to the veneration given to the Circumcellions who were slain; but their bishops denied them the honour due to martyrs.
www.catholic-forum.com /saints/heresy05.htm   (8760 words)

 314 Donatist Schism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Donatist schism in North Africa was a direct result of the persecution there.
Thereupon Donatus called a council of 70 Numidian bishops and elected Majorinus as an anti-bishop in Carthage, and in the trouble that was caused the Donatists appealed to Constantine to settle the matter.
The strongest opposition to the Donatist schism would have to wait till the time of St. Augustine, who in 393 began to theologize against them.
www.hist.edu /314donitist.html   (414 words)

 CHURCH FATHERS: Answer to Petilian the Donatist, Book I (Augustine)
Therefore, brethren, let it suffice us that they should be admonished and corrected on the one point of their conduct in the matter of the followers of Maximianus.
They charge us with betrayal of the sacred books; they charge us with persecution; they charge us with false baptism: to all their charges make the same answer about the followers of Maximianus.
But whilst they say that none have baptism who were baptized outside the communion of the one Church, they received with undiminished honors the followers of Maximianus, with those whom they baptized in schism outside the Donatist communion, and this at least they cannot hide.
www.newadvent.org /fathers/14091.htm   (3522 words)

 Alibris: Donatists
Maureen A. Tilley's study gives new insight into the Donatist church by focusing attention on the surviving Donatist controversies.
She persuasively shows how Donatist interpretations of Scripture correlate with changes in the social setting of their...
Optatus, Bishop of Milevis in North Africa in the late fourth century, wrote a detailed refutation of Donatist claims to be the one true and righteous church, an ark of purity in a world which was still corrupt despite Constantine� 2s support for Christianity.
www.alibris.com /search/books/subject/Donatists   (407 words)

 Triumph of the Church - 4th Century - Catholic Truth Publications
DONATISTS: Heretical followers of Donatus the Great, an African Bishop, who played a prominent part in the Donatist schism (named after another Donatus) of the fourth century, which preceded and paved the way for the heresy of the same name.
He succeeded Majorinus in 815 as Bishop of Carthage, and being a man of forceful character gave great impetus to the Donatist movement.
They held that the true Church consisted only of the elect, and declared baptism to be invalid unless conferred by a Donatist.
www.cathtruth.com /centuries/4thcent.htm   (1038 words)

 Survey of Theology 7. The Doctrine of the Church
Donatists in North Africa (leader was African Donatus) argued:
In addition, they went back to the views of the Donatist on the church, teaching that the Church was "an assembly of the righteous" (Menno Simons), not Augustine's mixed society.
This was the approach of the Donatist and Anabaptism.
www.stjohnadulted.org /The_07.htm   (1943 words)

 Purging Out The Tares: A Blog of the Reformed Donatist Faith   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Look at what James White is up to--always on the attack, always exalting sola fide, always telling others how to believe in justification by faith alone so that they can be justified by faith alone.
Thanks for your prayers (at least from you orthodox Reformed Donatists, you Catholic-lovers can just look at the ceiling and down to the floor to see where your prayers go!) while I was gone.
I do plan a return trip but this time I hope to take the Great White Shark with me because there is a lot of heretical meat left in Italy that I know he can't wait to sink his teeth into.
purevisiblechurch.blogspot.com   (2070 words)

 History of the Donatists, David Benedict | The Reformed Reader   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Conference at Carthage, in Africa, Between the Catholics and the Donatists
Closing Scenes of the Conference, Mostly by the Donatists
Evidence Against the Demoralizing Influence of the Conference of Carthage on the Affairs of the Donatists
www.reformedreader.org /history/benedict/donatists/toc.htm   (147 words)

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