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HISTORY of Christian Theology

(A.D. 210–14 Sep 258) Bishop of Carthage between 248 and 258 who sparked a controversy when he fled during the Emperor Decian persecution and then later returned to assume his post. Several persons opposed him retaining his position because they felt he had not been faithful. The controversy grew to involve the standing of Christians who had fallen away during the persecution. Rome and other regions got involved in the controvery and Cyrprian’s middle ground eventually prevailed. This dispute is known as the Lapsi Controversy and the Novatianist heresy and contributed to advent of the Donatist Controversy a half century later.

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