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CONTENTS OF VOL. III.
CHAP. III. The Propagation of the Gospel in this Cen-
THE LIFE OF FULGENTIUS, AND THE STATE OF " THE AFRICAN CHURCHES IN HIS TIME. '
In the year 495, a storm began again to lower CENT. over the African Churches. Thrasamond, whose Vi. reign then commenced, as obstinate in Arianism Thrasa as Huneric, but more sagacious and less bloody, mond, king mingled the arts of gentleness and severity against Vandals in them. On the one hand herstrove to gain over the Africa, ...
begins his orthodox by lucrative motives, on the other he reign, forbad the ordination of bishops in the vacant A. D. Churches *. Eugenius, whose faithfulness was so 495. severely tried in the former persecution, had been called to sleep in Jesus before the commencement of this. The African bishops showed however that divine grace had not forsaken them. They determined unanimously not to obey an order, which threatened the extinction of orthodoxy. They ordained bishops, and filled the vacant Sees, though they foresaw the probability of Thrasamond's resentment. But they thought it their duty to take care of their flocks at this hazard, rather than to seem to consent to the king's unrighteous proKibitions. Thrasamnond, enraged, determined to Thrasabanish them all. Fulgentius about that time was monde
15 secutes with chosen bishop of Ruspæ. In him we behold an- severity. other instance of the effects of the religion revived
..:: See Fleury, B. XXX. Vol. ii. VOL. III,
CHAP. under Augustine. Fulgentius's life is written by
one of his disciples, and dedicated to Felician, a