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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Donatism(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

Wiktionary

  1. donatism(Noun)

    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.

  2. Origin: Eponym, + -ism

Webster Dictionary

  1. Donatism(noun)

    the tenets of the Donatists

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. Donatisme.]

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  1. Donatism

    Donatism was a Christian sect within the Roman province of Africa that flourished in the fourth and fifth centuries among Berber Christians. Donatism had its roots in the social pressures among the long-established Christian community of Roman North Africa, during the persecutions of Christians under Diocletian. The Donatists were members of a schismatic church not in communion with the churches of the Catholic tradition in Late Antiquity. Donatism was an indirect outcome of Diocletian's persecutions. The governor of Africa had been lenient towards the large Christian minority under his rule during the persecutions. He was satisfied if Christians handed over their Scriptures as a token repudiation of their faith. Some Christians acceded to this convenient action. When the persecutions came to an end, however, they were branded traditores, "those who handed over" by the zealous, mostly from the poorer classes. Like the Novatianist schism of the previous century, the Donatists were rigorists, holding that the church must be a church of "saints," not "sinners," and that sacraments, such as baptism, administered by traditores were invalid. Probably in 311, a new bishop of Carthage, Caecilian, was consecrated by someone who had allegedly been a traditor, Felix of Aptungi; his opponents consecrated a short-lived rival, who was succeeded by Donatus, after whom the schism was named.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of donatism in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of donatism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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