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Author Merdinger, J. E. (Jane E.), 1952-

Title Rome and the African church in the time of Augustine / J.E. Merdinger.

Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [1997]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  276.102 MERD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 267 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-258) and index.
Contents 1. The Rise of Christianity in the Roman World -- 2. Tertullian and Ecclesiastical Discipline -- 3. Cyprian -- 4. Cyprian and the Concept of Origo -- 5. Optatus and the See of Peter -- 6. The Council of Hippo and Clerical Appeals within Africa -- 7. Overseas Appeals -- 8. The Case of Apiarius -- 9. The Case of Honorius -- 10. The Case of Antony of Fussala -- 11. The Return of Apiarius: "A Pigsty of Vices" -- 12. Conclusion -- Epilogue: Agamus Aliquid pro Utilitate Ecclesiae.
Summary In the fourth and fifth centuries, North Africa stood second only to Rome as a center of power for the Christian church in the western Roman Empire. Historical tradition holds that this vibrant ecclesiastical community, under the leadership of such forceful personalities as St. Augustine of Hippo and Aurelius of Carthage, maintained a spirited independence from papal control. Recently discovered letters of Augustine and a closer reading of the African canons show, however, that the African fathers willingly sought advice from the pope and often approached Rome for a final verdict in cases of canon law. In this groundbreaking book, J. E. Merdinger contends that the African church of late antiquity gradually became dependent on the papacy for the enforcement of church discipline.
Subject Popes -- Primacy -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
Africa, North -- Church history.
ISBN 0300040172