The Donatist Controversy Vol. 1


The Donatist Controversy Vol. 1

Library Edition
edited by
Boniface Ramsey and David G. Hunter
translated by
Maureen Tilley and Boniface Ramsey
    About the book

    Augustine's writings against the members of the "Donatist" church in North Africa contain his mature thought on the nature of the sacraments, the morality of the clergy, and the importance of mercy and charity in maintaining church unity. This volume contains the first new English translations of Augustine's writings against the Donatists in more than 100 years, and in the case of at least one writing there has never been an English translation until now. Augustine's responses to conflicts within the North African church remain surprisingly relevant to contemporary crises in Catholicism.

    This Volume contains the following writings:

    To the Catholic Members of the Church / On the Unity of the Church
    Ad Catholicos fratres / De unitate ecclesiae

    Answer to the Letter of Parmenian
    Contra epistulam Parmeniani

    Answer to the Letters of Petilian
    Contra litteras Petiliani

    De baptism

    The Correction of the Donatists
    De correctione Donatistarum

    This is a magnificent new translation, sure to be welcomed by readers of Augustine old and new. It is certainly worthy of a place among the great translations of this work, offering an eminently readable and accurate rendition. One forgets one is reading a translation -- isn’t that the goal of all great translating? Highly recommended.

    John Cavadini
    Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame

    This lucid translation of Augustine’s complicated Latin text, complemented by an expert introduction and helpful notes, is a remarkable achievement indeed. A new jewel in the crown of the meantime famous and worldwide highly appreciated series!

    Johannes van Oort 
    Editor of Vigiliae Christianae; Author of Jerusalem and Babylon (1991; paperback: Leiden-Boston 2012)

    About the author

    Augustine of Hippo is one of the greatest thinkers and writers in the Western world. After becoming a Christian he was made bishop of Hippo in Africa, where he was influential in civil and church affairs. His more than 100 books, 200 letters, and 500 sermons have left a lasting impact on Western philosophy and culture. His classic and best-selling works include The Confessions, The Trinity, The City of God, and Teaching Christianity.