General History Of The Christian Religion And Church (volume 3)

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byAugust Neander

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1851. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... seeutions against the Donatist party, should be easily hurried on to every species of fanaticism and violence. The emperor Constantine was perhaps cool and prudent enough to have learned, from what had fallen under his own sad experience, the disastrous consequences of persecutions; or he may have been guided by the counsels of some one of the wiser bishops. For, as early as the year 317, he sent a rescript to the North-African bishops and communities, in which he exhorted them to forbear retaliating with wrong the wrong which they suffered from the Circumcellions. They ought not, with foolish hands, to intermeddle with the vengeance which God had reserved to himself; especially in a case where what they suffered from the rage of such men would, in the sight of God, be equivalent to martyrdom. If they adhered to this principle, they would soon see the fanaticism perish of its own accord.* When now the Donatists, in addition to what they had done already, transmitted to the emperor, in the year 321, a petition, in which they declared that nothing would induce them to enter into church fellowship with that scoundrel, his bishop ;f that they would rather suffer everything he might choose to inflict on them ;J Constantine became convinced, doubtless, still more than ever, by the tone of this document, of the dangerous consequences which must follow, if violent measures for the restoration of the peace of the church were pursued any farther. Experience led him to act according to the principles which, in obedience to the voice of reason and the spirit of Christianity, he ought to have pursued from the beginning. In a rescript addressed to the Vicar Verinus in North Africa, § he granted to the Donatists full liberty to act according to their own convictions, decl...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1851. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... seeutions against the Donatist party, should be easily hurried on to every species of fanaticism and violence. The emperor Constantin...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.44 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217479499

ISBN - 13:9780217479493

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