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The Work of St. Optatus, Bishop of Milevis, against the Donatists is an English translation of St. Optatus’ doctrine against the Donatists, a fourth-century Christian sect in North Africa. This volume contains all seven books written by Optatus, wherein he emphasizes that there is only one true Church of Christ, united under Peter’s successor in Rome and scattered throughout the world. An important theological and historical work, Opatus’ argument is considered the first sustained case against heresy and schism from the Catholic perspective. These writings of Optatus strongly influenced later Church Fathers, including St. Augustine, and are crucial for understanding the development of Catholic doctrine.
Included in this volume are one hundred noteworthy sayings of St. Optatus’ and extended appendixes that provide historical context. Enthusiasts of history and theology will find this volume a valuable addition to their library.
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Optatus of Milevis, an early Church Father, was bishop of Milevis in the fourth century. Best known for his writings against the Donatists, a Christian sect in Roman North Africa, he is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.
O. R. Vassall-Phillips (1857–1932), or Oliver Rodie Vassal-Phillips, was a Catholic priest in England. He studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and after converting to Catholicism in 1879, he became an ordained priest in 1882. He served as a rector in various parishes before establishing a Catholic community in Windhill, Herfordshire, named Saint Joseph’s. He wrote several books, including The life of Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer, Catholic Christianity, and After Fifty Years.