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Vease WRIGHT, D., <<The Donatists in the Sixteenth Century>>, en GRANE L.
He spent a lot of time fighting heresy in his lifetime; he acted against the Donatists, Pelagians, and Manicheans.
As John Firth notes on Constantine's reaction to the Donatist crisis, "[s]o little observant was he of his own edict of toleration that he was prepared to use force to secure uniformity within the Church!" (25) Of course, such an observation can be applied to some of Constantine's actions to do with the Church in the later Arian crisis as well, where he openly exiled various persons and outlawed their writings based on their theological views.
Preacher of Grace: A Critical Reappraisal of Augustine's Doctrine of Grace in His Sermones ad Populum on Liturgical Feasts and During the Donatist Controversy.
Specifically, he moved toward accepting coercion as a means of solving (the Donatist) schism.
Augustine's theory of persecution developed in connection with the Donatists, a schism group in North Africa that passed itself off as the orthodox Catholic Church .Before the empire condemned Donatists as heretics in 405, Augustine described their schism as both heresy and blasphemy.The Donatist blasphemers, Augustine declared, slay souls," and for that must suffer physically.
(57) On Augustine's vehement rejection of suicide as spurred on by his controversies with the Donatists, see Van Hooff 1990, 196 and 1991, 368-369 and Droge, Tabor 1992, 167-183.
The schismatic Donatists only make one brief appearance in the movie wherease the majority of North African Christians at the time were Donatists.
Kennedy's choice to focus on the hands, knowingly or not, recalls the Donatists of the fourth and fifth centuries, a schismatic group who believed that priests who had committed grave sins could no longer validly continue to celebrate the Mass.
It would have been beneficial to see Dailey exploring this last point in greater detail since a standard theological theme (ever since Augustine and the Donatists) was that trying too hard to get caught or secure death for the faith could be a hallmark of suicidal pseudo-martyrdom.
In the fourth century, Bishop Optatus complained against the Donatists, who desecrated both the eucharist and the holy chrism.
During persecutions by Roman authorities and, from the fifth century, by Vandals, likewise during the ongoing conflicts over "catholic" Christianity between Augustine and the Donatists, Paul was held up as a model of proper martyrdom.
Augustine, for example, sanctioned the use of force for religious reasons against the Donatists, Francisco de Vitoria maintained the distinction between barbarians and civilized peoples in respect to the rules of war, while Grotius was happy to slant the laws of war to favor the causes he preferred.
Among other things, Donatists believed that sanctity was a requisite for church membership.