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Donatists
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1. The Donatists were a North African schismatic church of the fourth and early fifth centuries. They fell into schism because, against the realities of their own time, they wished to be loyal to the ancient principles inherited from Tertullian (ca. 160-ca. 225) and Cyprian (ca. 200–258). With naive enthusiasm they clung to the ideal of a Spirit-filled church of saints and martyrs that could not tolerate anything unclean and that therefore had to suffer persecution. The main period also saw an infusion of social and revolutionary elements. Ethnic and cu…

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Wyrwa, Dietmar, “Donatists”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D433>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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