On Baptism, Against The Donatists

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

NPNF (V1-04)

Philip Schaff

Chapter 32.—62. Another Victor of Assuras1844 said: "It is written, that ‘there is one God and
one Christ, one Church and one baptism.’1845 How then can any one baptize in a place where there
is not either God, or Christ, or the Church?"1846
63. How can any one baptize either in that sand, where the Church is not, seeing that it is on
the rock; nor God and Christ, seeing that there is not there the temple of God and Christ?

Chapter 33.—64. Donatulus of Capse1847 said: "I also have always entertained this opinion,
that heretics, who have gained nothing outside the Church, should be baptized when they are
converted to the Church."1848
65. To this the answer is: They have, indeed, gained nothing outside the Church, but that is
nothing towards salvation, not nothing towards the sacrament. For salvation is peculiar to the good;
but the sacraments are common to the good and bad alike.


Chapter 34.—66. Verulus of Rusiccade1849 said: "A man that is a heretic cannot give that which
he has not; much more is this the case with a schismatic, who has lost what he had."1850
67. We have already shown that they still have it, because they do not lose it when they separate
themselves. For they do not receive it again when they return: wherefore, if it was thought that
they could not give it because they were supposed not to have it, let it now be understood that they
can give it, because it is understood that they also have it.

Chapter 35.—68. Pudentianus of Cuiculi1851 said: "My recent ordination to the episcopate
induced me, brethren, to wait and hear what my elders would decide. For it is plain that heresies


Assuras was in ecclesiastical province of Zeugitana. For Victor, cp. c. 4.


See Eph. iv. 4-6.


Conc. Carth. sec. 68.


Capse was in ecclesiastical province of Byzacene. This Donatulus is probably to be identified with the one mentioned
Cypr. Ep. lvi.


Conc. Carth. sec. 69.


Rusiccade was at the mouth of the Thapsus, in ecclesiastical province of Numidia.


Conc. Carth. sec. 70.


Cuiculi was in ecclesiastical province of Numidia.