Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrines of the Donatists.
- n. Christianity 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl. Hist.) The tenets of the Donatists.
- n. 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
- Eponym, Donatus Magnus + -ism (Wiktionary)
“donatism," or a constant expression of the theological or pastoral reality of Matthew 25.”
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