On Baptism, Against The Donatists

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

NPNF (V1-04)

Philip Schaff

Chapter 29.—56. Quintus of Aggya1837 said: "He who has a thing can give it; but what can the
heretics give, who are well known to have nothing?"1838
57. To him our answer is: If, then, any man can give a thing who has it, it is clear that heretics
can give baptism: for when they separate from the Church, they have still the sacrament of washing
which they had received while in the Church; for when they return they do not again receive it,
because they had not lost it when they withdrew from the Church.

Chapter 30.—58. Another Julianus of Marcelliana1839 said: "If a man can serve two masters,
God and mammon,1840 then baptism also can serve two, the Christian and the heretic."1841
59. Truly, if it can serve the self-restrained and the covetous man, the sober and the drunken,
the well-affectioned and the murderer, why should it not also serve the Christian and the
heretic?—whom, indeed, it does not really serve; but it ministers to them, and is administered by
them, for salvation to those who use it right, and for judgment to such as use it wrong.

Chapter 31.—60. Tenax of Horrea Celiæ1842 said: "There is one baptism, but of the Church;
and where the Church is not, there baptism also cannot be."1843
61. To him we answer: How then comes it that it may be where the rock is not, but only sand;
seeing that the Church is on the rock, and not on sand?


Aggya, probably the same as Aggiva and the Aga in ecclesiastical province of Proconsular Africa. The name Quintas as
bishop occurs in Cypr. Epp lvii., lxvii., lxx., lxxi., but this one is of Mauritania, as appears from Epp lxxii. 1, lxxiii. 1.


Conc. Carth. sec. 65.


Marcelliana (Gyrnmarcelli) in ecclesiastical province of Numidia.


Matt. vi. 24.


Conc. Carth. sec. 66.


Horrea Celiæ (Cæliæ) was a village of ecclesiastical province of Byzacium, ten miles north of Hadrumetum. A Tenax
is mentioned as bishop in Cypr. Ep. lxvii.


Conc. Carth. sec. 67.