Exegetical Warrants for Religious Persecution: Augustine Vs. the Donatists

@article{Scalise1996ExegeticalWF,
  title={Exegetical Warrants for Religious Persecution: Augustine Vs. the Donatists},
  author={C. J. Scalise},
  journal={Review \& Expositor},
  year={1996},
  volume={93},
  pages={497 - 506}
}
The revival of a politically militant religious fundamentalism-whether Islamic or Christian-is an intriguing characteristic of our contemporary religious situation. As one ponders this phenomenon with its renewed "heresy hunting" and tendency towards moral coercion, a reconsideration of Augustine's biblical rationale for justifying state-supported violence against the Donatists offers some salutary historical and theological perspective. 
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