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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 (Cornelius [Bishop of Rome]) and Cyprian of Carthage. This rebuke takes the form largely of arguments from Scripture in favor of the mercy of God…

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Safranski, Benjamin, “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 10 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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