On Baptism, Against The Donatists

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

NPNF (V1-04)

Philip Schaff

Chapter 22.—42. Faustus of Timida Regia1820 said: "Let not these persons flatter themselves
who favor heretics. He who interferes with the baptism of the Church on behalf of heretics makes
them Christians, and us heretics."1821
43. To him we answer: If any one were to say that a man who, when he received baptism had
not received remission of his sins, because he entertained hatred towards his brother in his heart,
was nevertheless not to be baptized again when he dismissed that hatred from his heart, does such
a man interfere with the baptism of the Church on behalf of murderers, or does he make them
righteous and us murderers? Let him therefore understand the same also in the case of heretics.


Chapter 23.—44. Geminius of Furni1822 said: "Certain of our colleagues may prefer heretics
to themselves, they cannot prefer them to us: and therefore what we have once decreed we hold,
that we should baptize those who come to us from heretics."1823
45. This man also acknowledges most openly that certain of his colleagues entertained opinions
contrary to his own: whence again and again the love of unity is confirmed, because they were
separated from one another by no schism, till God should reveal to one or other of them anything
wherein they were otherwise minded.1824 But to him our answer is, that his colleagues did not prefer
heretics to themselves, but that, as the baptism of Christ is acknowledged in the covetous, in the
fraudulent, in robbers, in murderers, so also they acknowledged it in heretics.

Chapter 24.—46. Rogatianus of Nova1825 said: "Christ established the Church, the devil heresy:
how can the synagogue of Satan have the baptism of Christ?"1826
47. To him our answer is: Is it true that because Christ established the well-affectioned, and
the devil the envious, therefore the party of the devil, which is proved to be among the envious,
cannot have the baptism of Christ?


Timida Regia was in ecclesiastical province of Zeugitana. A Faustus is mentioned in Cypr. Ep. lxvii.


Conc. Carth. sec. 58.


Furni was in ecclesiastical province of Zeugitana. For Geminius as bishop, see Cypr. Ep. lxvii.


Conc. Carth. sec. 59.


Phil. iii. 15.


Nova was in ecclesiastical province of Mauritania Cæsariensis. For Rogatianus as bishop, see Cypr. Epp. lvii., lxvii.,
lxx., bis.


Conc. Carth. sec. 60.