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Novatian/Novatians
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I. Novatian

(died c. 258). In the 3rd century, Novatian was second only to Hippolytus as an intellectual and theological leader of the Roman church. This was clear after Bishop Fabian was martyred in the Decian persecution (Decius; Persecutions of Christians: I). During the interim before election of a successor, agreement had to be reached with Carthage about receiving apostates back into the church; Novatian conducted the correspondence (preserved in the letters of Cyprian of Cart…

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Wallraff, Martin, “Novatian/Novatians”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_124131>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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