On Baptism, Against The Donatists

The Seven Books of Augustin, Bishop of Hippo, On Baptism, Against the Donatists

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Chapter 22.—38. Dativus of Badiæ1662 said "We, so far as lies within our power, refuse to
communicate with a heretic, unless he has been baptized in the Church, and received remission of
his sins."1663
39. The answer to this is: If your reason for wishing him to be baptized is that he has not
received remission of sins, supposing you find a man within the Church who has been baptized,
though entertaining hatred towards his brother, since the Lord cannot lie, who says, "If ye forgive
not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses,"1664 will you bid such an
one, when corrected, to be baptized afresh? Assuredly not; so neither should you bid the heretic.
It is clear that we must not pass unnoticed why he did not briefly say, "We do not communicate
with a heretic," but added, "so far as lies within our power." For he saw that a greater number
agreed with this view, from whose communion, however, he and his friends could not separate
themselves, lest unity should be impaired, and so he added, "so far as lies within our
power,"—showing beyond all doubt that he did not willingly communicate with those whom he
held to be without baptism, but that yet all things were to be endured for the sake of peace and
unity; just as was done also by those who thought that Dativus and his party were in the wrong,
and who held what afterwards was taught by a fuller declaration of the truth, and urged by ancient
custom, which received the stronger confirmation of a later Council; yet in turn, with anxious piety,
they showed toleration towards each other, though without violation of Christian charity they
entertained different opinions, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,1665
till God should reveal to one of them, were he otherwise minded, even this error of his ways.1666
And to this I would have those give heed, by whom unity is attacked on the authority of this very
Council by which it is declared how much unity should be loved.

Chapter 23.—40. Successus of Abbir Germaniciana1667 said: "Heretics may either do nothing
or everything. If they can baptize, they can also give the Holy Spirit; but if they cannot give the
Holy Spirit, because they do not possess the Holy Spirit, then can they not either spiritually baptize.
Therefore we give our judgment that heretics should be baptized."1668

1662

Badiæ (Vada) in ecclesiastical province of Numidia. For Dativus see Cypr. Epp. lxxvi., lxxvii.

1663

Conc. Carth. sec. 15.

1664

Matt. vi. 15.

1665

Eph. iv. 3.

1666

Phil. iii. 15.

1667

Abbir Germaniciana was in ecclesiastical province of Zeugitana, or Africa Proconsularis. Successus probably identical
with one mentioned in Cypr. Epp. lvii., lxvii., lxx., lxxx.

1668

Conc. Carth. sec. 16.

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