Condemned by synods in Milan and Rome, castigated by
St. Jerome, Jovinian (d.
c. 409) was a monk at Milan, whose theological work does not survive and
whose theology is known only from the writers who attacked him. Jerome
says that Jovinian taught:
Augustine and the Milanese council add that, with Helvidius, Jovinian
denied the perpetual virginity of Mary, the Theotokos. When Jovinian
appealed his excommunication to Theodosius, Ambrose opposed the appeal.
Imperial decree exiled Jovinian. Jerome mentions the death of his enemy
"amidst pheasants and swine's flesh" in Against Vigiliantius.
- A wife is as honorable as a virgin.
- Fasting and eating with thanksgiving are equally pleasing to God.
- A person baptized with the Spirit and water cannot sin.
- All sins are equal.
- All who are good will receive the same heavenly reward.
Karen Rae Keck
- Some people who continued Jovinian's line of thought:
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