St. Augustine's Attitude to Religious Coercion

  title={St. Augustine's Attitude to Religious Coercion},
  author={P. G. McC. Brown},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={107 - 116}
  • P. Brown
  • Published 1 November 1964
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Roman Studies
Augustine had to face the issue of religious coercion throughout his episcopate, and especially in his dealings with the Donatist schism. As far as I know, he is the only writer in the Early Church to discuss the subject at length. He even changed his mind on the issue, and he has told us of this ‘conversion’ with characteristic disarming frankness. It is a change which cannot fail to interest us, for whom the problem remains acutely relevant. He went on to justify religious coercion with a… 

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