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In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas

The Latin phrase in necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas, meaning "in certain things unity; in doubtful things liberty; in all things charity", is often misattributed to St. Augustine of Hippo, but seems to have been first used in the seventeenth century by a German Lutheran theologian called Rupertus Meldenius[?] in the form "in necesariis unita[s], in non-necessariis liberta[s], in utrisque charita[s], meaning "in certain things, unity; in uncertain things, liberty; and in both, charity". It is widely quoted in defence of theological and religious freedom.

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'A common quotation from "Augustine"?' (http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/augustine/quote) -- A detailed history of the origin and interpretation of the phrase.



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