On Baptism, Against The Donatists

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

NPNF (V1-04)


Philip Schaff

Chapter 9.—16. Jader of Midila1780 said: "We know that there is but one baptism in the Catholic
Church, and therefore we ought not to admit a heretic unless he has been baptized in our body, lest
he should think that he has been baptized outside the Catholic Church."1781
17. To him our answer is, that if this were said of those unrighteous men who are outside the
rock, it certainly would be falsely said. And so it is therefore also in the case of heretics.

Chapter 10.—18. Likewise another Felix of Marazana1782 said: "There is one faith, one
baptism,1783 but of the Catholic Church, to which alone is given authority to baptize."1784
19. What if another were to say as follows: One faith, one baptism, but of the righteous only,
to whom alone authority is given to baptize? As these words might be refuted, so also may the
judgment of Felix be refuted. Do even the unrighteous who are not1785 changed in heart in baptism,
while "they renounce the world in words and not in deeds" yet belong to the members of the Church?
Let them consider whether such a Church is the actual rock, the very dove, the bride herself without
spot or wrinkle.1786

Chapter 11.—20. Paul of Bobba1787 said: "I for my part am not moved if some fail to uphold
the faith and truth of the Church, seeing that the apostle says ‘For what if some did not believe?
shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea let God be true, but
every man a liar.’1788 But if God be true, how can the truth of baptism be in the company of heretics,
where God is not?"1789
21. To him we answer: What is God among the covetous? And yet baptism exists among
them; and so also it exists among heretics. For they among whom God is, are the temple of God.
Midila (Midili) was in ecclesiastical province of Numidia. Jader is Punic name. Occurs as bishop in Cypr. Epp. lxxvi.,



Conc. Carth. sec. 45.


Marazana was in ecclesiastical province of Byzacene. On Felix, see Bk. VI. c. 19. note 2.


Eph. iv. 5.


Conc. Carth. sec. 46.


Nec…mutati. "Nec" is restored by the Benedictines from the Mss.


Eph. v. 27. See Retract. ii. 18, quoted on I. 17, 26.


Bobba (Obba) was in ecclesiastical province of Mauritania Cæsariensis, including Tingitana. A bishop Paul is mentioned
in Cypr. Ep. lxvii.


Rom. iii. 3, 4.


Conc. Carth. sec. 47.