The Extinction of the Christian Churches in North Africa

Clay, 1898 - 263 pàgines

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Pàgina 3 - Tertullian was the first Latin writer, at least the first who commanded the public ear ; and there is strong ground for supposing that, since Tertullian quotes the sacred writings perpetually and copiously, the earliest of those many Latin versions, noticed by Augustine, and on which Jerome grounded his Vulgate, were African.
Pàgina 27 - Towards the end of the first or the beginning of the second century after Christ, these lands were incorporated in the Roman empire.
Pàgina 232 - ... and the monkish chroniclers tell us that after their arrival, churches were erected in almost every village, and monasteries were seen to arise in the towns and cities designed in the new style of architecture. From Doomsday Book we learn that the number of churches had increased to such an extent, that at the time of its compilation there were no less than seventeen hundred in existence.
Pàgina 2 - In the development of Christianity Africa plays the very first part ; if it arose in Syria, it was in and through Africa that it became the religion for the world. As the translation of the sacred books from the Hebrew language into the Greek, and that into the popular language of the most considerable Jewish community out of Judaea, gave to Judaism its position in the world, so in a similar way for the...
Pàgina 61 - Circumcelliones, and roundly asserts that "perhaps the cruelties of the barbarians would be light in comparison." He declares that these fanatics were pledged to subvert the social order of the province, that they repudiated just debts and released legal slaves. Their conduct deprived them of all claim to the consideration due to those who had honestly made a mistake. If they 1 "plures in ejus corpore cicatrices quam membra numerantur.
Pàgina 27 - The slow progress of the gospel in the cold climate of Gaul was extremely different from the eagerness with which it seems to have been received on the burning sands of Africa.
Pàgina 13 - But after this the Emperors took care to keep the most fertile parts of the chief granary of Rome in their own hands, and we find Solomon refusing to grant the lands of the Vandals to his victorious army, on the express plea that they belonged as a matter of right to the Imperial Treasury6. 1 Victor Vit. i. 3 ; Prosper, de Promissionibus, n. 38. 2 "ita enim generale in eis malum impuritatis est, ut quicumque ex eis impudicua desierit, Afer non esse videatur.
Pàgina 13 - There was however a terrible reverse to the picture. The streets, if stately, were unsafe ; robbers and murderers lurked in the 'side alleys to seize the unwary passer by. Prostitution and still grosser vices were unblushingly practised in the full light of day, and a man who kept himself...
Pàgina 250 - This might have happened and at one time appeared almost likely to happen, but the uncompromising attitude of African Christianity nipped the first promise of Moorish Christianity in the bud. The Berber character was narrow but strong. Seizing upon certain vital principles of doctrine, it disregarded the rest and was prepared to sacrifice everything rather than give way in the matters on which it had pinned its faith. Extreme veneration for personal piety, separation from all weaker brethren and...
Pàgina 88 - ... it impracticable to summon a general synod in Africa". Such is the picture drawn by the historians of the ravages of the Vandal invaders. But it is not clear that some of the colours are not unduly heightened by religious and national resentment. No Vandal writer ever arose to give a second account of the war, and there is much in the statements of Victor and Possidius to shew the need of caution in accepting their facts as literally true.

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