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The Donatist Controversy Vol. 1

Maureen Tilley and Boniface Ramsey (translations)

Boniface Ramsey and David G. Hunter (editors)

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SKU 978-1-56548-404-7
ISBN Number: 978-1-56548-404-7
Page Count: 689
Format: Hardcover

Augustine's writings against the members of the "Donatist" church in North Africa contain his mature thought on the nature of the sacraments, the morality of the clergy, and the importance of mercy and charity in maintaining church unity. This volume contains the first new English translations of Augustine's writings against the Donatists in more than 100 years, and in the case of at least one writing there has never been an English translation until now. Augustine's responses to conflicts within the North African church remain surprisingly relevant to contemporary crises in Catholicism.

This Volume contains the following writings:

To the Catholic Members of the Church / On the Unity of the Church
Ad Catholicos fratres / De unitate ecclesiae

Answer to the Letter of Parmenian
Contra epistulam Parmeniani

Answer to the Letters of Petilian
Contra litteras Petiliani

De baptism

The Correction of the Donatists
De correctione Donatistarum


“This is a magnificent new translation, sure to be welcomed by readers of Augustine old and new. It is certainly worthy of a place among the great translations of this work, offering an eminently readable and accurate rendition. One forgets one is reading a translation -- isn’t that the goal of all great translating? Highly recommended. “

John Cavadini
Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame

“This lucid translation of Augustine’s complicated Latin text, complemented by an expert introduction and helpful notes, is a remarkable achievement indeed. A new jewel in the crown of the meantime famous and worldwide highly appreciated series!”

Johannes van Oort 
Editor of Vigiliae Christianae; Author of Jerusalem and Babylon (1991; paperback: Leiden-Boston 2012)

About the Author

Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is one of the greatest thinkers and writers of the Western world. After he converted to Christianity he became bishop of Hippo in North Africa, where he was influential in civil and church affairs. His writings have had a lasting impact on Western philosophy and culture.

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Price $89.00
Language English
Publication Date Dec 31, 2018
Author Saint Augustine
Format Hardcover
Page Count 689