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Marriage, Celibacy, and Heresy in Ancient ChristianityThe Jovinianist Controversy$
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David G. Hunter

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279784

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279784.001.0001

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After Jovinian: Marriage and Celibacy in Western Theology

After Jovinian: Marriage and Celibacy in Western Theology

(p.243) 7 After Jovinian: Marriage and Celibacy in Western Theology
Marriage, Celibacy, and Heresy in Ancient Christianity

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The extreme positions taken by Jerome in his Adversus Jovinianum provoked numerous responses in the decades after Jovinian's condemnation. Friends, such as Pammachius and Domnio, demanded that Jerome explain himself or retract his words. Enemies, such as Rufinus of Aquileia, suggested that Jerome was guilty of the ‘Manichaean’ heresy. Others, such as Pelagius, Augustine, and the anonymous author of the Consultationes Zacchaei et Apollonii, quietly offered alternative views, without condemning Jerome directly. These efforts to find a via media between Jerome and Jovinian show the ongoing impact of Jovinian's arguments and the need for a more moderate approach to marriage and celibacy than Jerome had provided.

Keywords:   Rufinus, Vigilantius, Pelagius, Augustine, Julian of Eclanum, Pammachius, Domnio, Consultationes Zacchaei et Apollonii

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