On Baptism, Against The Donatists

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

NPNF (V1-04)

Philip Schaff

Chapter 38.—73. Lucius of Thebaste1731 said: "I declare my judgment that heretics, and
blasphemers, and unrighteous men, who with various words pluck away the sacred and adorable
words of the Scriptures, should be held accursed, and therefore exorcised and baptized."1732
74. I too think that they should be held accursed, but not that therefore they should be exorcised
and baptized; for it is their own falsehood which I hold accursed, but Christ’s sacrament which I

Chapter 39.—75. Eugenius of Ammedera1733 said: "I too pronounce this same judgment, that
heretics should be baptized."1734
76. To him we answer: But this is not the judgment which the Church pronounces, to which
also God has now revealed in a plenary Council the point in which ye were then still otherwise
minded,1735 but because saving charity was in you, ye remained in unity.

Chapter 40.—77. Also another Felix of Ammacura1736 said: "I too, following the authority of
the holy Scriptures, give my judgment that heretics should be baptized, and with them those also
who maintain that they have been baptized among schismatics. For if, according to the warning
of Christ, our fountain is sealed to ourselves,1737 let all the enemies of our Church understand that
it cannot belong to others; nor can He who is the Shepherd of our flock give the water unto salvation
to two different peoples. And therefore it is clear that neither heretics nor schismatics can receive
anything heavenly, who dare to accept from men that are sinners and aliens from the Church. When
the giver has no ground to stand upon, surely neither can the receiver derive any profit."1738
78. To him we answer, that the holy Scriptures nowhere have enjoined that heretics baptized
among heretics should be baptized afresh, but that they have shown in many places that all are
aliens from the Church who are not on the rock, nor belong to the members of the dove, and yet
that they baptize and are baptized and have the sacrament of salvation without salvation. But how
our fountain is like the fountain of Paradise, in that, like it, it flows forth even beyond the bounds


Thebaste (Thebeste) in ecclesiastical province of Numidia. For Lucius, cp. c. 14.


Conc. Carth. sec. 31.


Ammedera, probably in ecclesiastical province of Proconsularis Africa.


Conc. Carth. sec. 32.


Phil. iii. 15.


Ammacura (Bamacorra) in ecclesiastical province of Numidia.


Cant. iv. 12.


Conc. Carth. sec. 33.