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Gibbon Chapter XXI

  • We start briefly with the Donatist schism, which was basically political; and then we have a prolonged and detailed discourse on Platonism and the doctrine of the Trinity, which I must say explained both in more lucid and provocative terms than I recall reading anywhere else. Constantine's inconstancy opens up further room for debate between Arius and the Catholics, led by Athanasius who gets about a third of the chapter to himself. Finally a brief survey of how well (or badly) the old beliefs were surviving.
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