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   Antipope, Sect Founder and Martyr.
   Little is known of the life of Novatian. He was a Roman presbyter who was elected Bishop of Rome in opposition to Pope Cornelius in 251. He was the author of an important work on the doctrine of the Trinity and he was martyred in the Valerian persecutions. The cause of the quarrel was that Novatian believed that those who had fallen away in the Decian persecutions should not freely be welcomed back into the Church. The new sect was orthodox in its theology; it was intensely disciplined and it survived well into the fifth century.
   W.H.C. Frend, The Rise of Christianity (1984);
   J.N.D. Kelly, Early Christian Doctrines (1958).

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