He reformed ecclesiastical discipline in Africa, rent by Arian factions and Donatist schismatics.
The Donatist controversy was known to me for some years, as I have instanced above.
The Donatist treatises have met with little attention from individual editors.
Neither Constantine nor Constantius had succeeded in stifling the Donatist heresy.
The Donatist schism (see Donatists) occasioned a number of important synods.
So the unity of external organization was emphasized when it was threatened by the Gnostic, Novatian, and Donatist controversies.
At that moment the Donatist Purpuris brutally thrust off the bishop and took his place on the tribune.
The Donatist controversy was known to me for some years, as has appeared already.
The Donatist heresy with its deplorable results arose on the question of the eligibility of an individual bishop.
The Donatist controversy sprang out of the Diocletian persecution in the beginning of the century.
mid-15c., adherent of a Christian sect in 4c. North Africa, from Medieval Latin Donatista, from Donatus name of two of the principal men in it. The schism had more to do with episcopal succession in Carthage than with doctrine. The name is literally "bestowed, given."