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Lapsi
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The lapsi were apostates from the Christian faith during the persecution under Decius (249–51). An edict of the emperor in February 250 ordered the whole population to show loyalty to the gods of the Roman Empire by an act of sacrifice (Roman Religion). Local commissions supervised the execution of the edict and gave a certificate (libellus) for compliance.

A shocking number of Christians yielded. Since the edict applied only for a set time, however, many sought readmission to the church’s fellowship. As might be expected, the question of readmission g…

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Mühlenberg, Ekkehard, “Lapsi”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_L65>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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