Definition of Donatism

1. Noun. A schismatic Christian religion in northern Africa from the 4th to the 7th century; held that only those who led a blameless life belonged in the church or could administer the sacraments.

Generic synonyms: Christian Religion, Christianity
Derivative terms: Donatist



Definition of Donatism

1. n. The tenets of the Donatists.

Definition of Donatism

1. Noun. (Christianity) An early Christian belief which maintained that apostate priests were incapable of administering the sacraments, as opposed to the orthodox view that any sacrament administered by a properly ordained priest or bishop is valid, regardless of how sinful he is or if he has converted to another religion. ¹

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Definition of Donatism

1. a belief in reverence to martyrs [n -S]

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Literary usage of Donatism

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1. The Works of John Owen by John Owen (1826)
"... is Donatism. Men may give what title they please to their books and chapters, though perhaps few books make good their titles. ..."

2. Documents Illustrative of the History of the Church by Beresford James Kidd (1920)
"Donatism: the second investigation, at Carthage, before the proconsul ... Donatism: the third investigation at the Council of Arles, August 1, ..."

3. A Handbook of Patrology by Joseph Tixeront (1920)
"The chief opponent of Donatism in the IVth century was ST. OPTATUS, bishop of Milevis, in Numidia. ..."

4. Religious Thought in England, from the Reformation to the End of Last by John Hunt (1870)
"Donatism of the Church of Rome. , CHAR in. they pronounced an anathema as from the Lord Jesus. Augustine said they were not the Catholic Church, ..."

5. The Ancient Catholic Church: From the Accession of Trajan to the Fourth by Robert Rainy (1902)
"Donatism takes us a good way back, for the sect originated ahout AD 311. It takes us also to the West. The forces which gave animation and character to the ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"... many prominent members of the sect were converted, and Donatism was doomed to a lingering death. Another memorable disputation took place in Africa a ..."

7. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"... his importance to later Christianity, and mention a few important biographical facts. Further details will be found in the articles Donatism, PELAGIUS, ..."

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