Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

Get access

Ad Novatianum
(1,465 words)

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 …

Cite this page
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 20 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

▲   Back to top   ▲