Where Is the Church?: Martyrdom, Persecution, and Baptism in North Africa from the Second to the Fifth Century

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012年7月24日 - 166 頁
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Where Is the Church? Martrydom, Persecution, and Baptism in North Africa is an overview of North African Christianity from the second to the fifth century. Beginning with the African martyrs, Ronald D. Burris investigates the idea of how "church" was defined in North African Christianity through the understanding of water baptism, martyrdom (baptism in blood), and key theological concepts such as origo or conscientia. In addition to baptism and ecclesiology, this work investigates the social, political, and economic issues that were germane to the shaping, hardening, and eventual condemnation of those beliefs as expressed by the North African Christians, called the Donatists. Morevoer, this work seeks to explain why so many North African Christians were drawn to that group. They were drawn to the Donatists because the latter more closely represented the tradition of the early African martyrs, Tertullian, and their beloved hero and martyr, Saint Cyprian.
 

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North Africa before the Christian era
1
Martyrdom and the Church in North Africa
7
Baptism and the Church
24
Cyprian on Persecution and Martyrdom
37
Cyprian and the unity of the Church
55
The Great Persecution and the rise ofthe Donatists
69
From Julian to Augustine
87
Baptism Persecution and resistance
108
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127
10
137
Index ofPersons
145
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Ronald D. Burris is an Associate Professor of Church History at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, California. Dr. Burris' scholarly interests include the major African Fathers, such as Tertullian, Cyprian, and St. Augustine; the theology and history of the Donatist Church in North Africa; and the history and theology of the first four ecumenical councils.

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