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Ad Novatianum
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The Ad Novatianum (To Novatian) is an anonymous letter (or a treatise in the form of a letter) addressed to the schismatic leader Novatian, likely written between 250 and 260 CE, during Novatian’s active years. It is a rebuke of schism and of the rigorism that set Novatian apart from his prominent contemporaries, particularly Cornelius of Rome and Cyprian of Carthage. This rebuke takes the form largely of arguments from scripture in favor of the mercy of God, the unity of the church, and the p…

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Safranski, Ben, “Ad Novatianum”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 04 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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