On Baptism, Against The Donatists

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

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Philip Schaff

have and can have nothing; and so, if any come from them, it is determined righteously that they
should be baptized."1852
69. As, therefore, we have already answered those who went before, for whose judgment this
man was waiting, so be it understood that we have answered himself.

Chapter 36.—70. Peter of Hippo Diarrhytus1853 said: "Since there is one baptism in the Catholic
Church, it is clear that a man cannot be baptized outside the Church; and therefore I give my
judgment, that those who have been bathed in heresy or in schism ought to be baptized on coming
to the Church."1854
71. There is one baptism in the Catholic Church, in such a sense that, when any have gone out
from it, it does not become two in those who go out, but remains one and the same. What, therefore,
is recognized in those who return, should also be recognized in those who received it from men
who have separated themselves, since they did not lose it when they went apart into heresy.

Chapter 37.—72. Likewise another Lucius of Ausafa1855 said: "According to the motion of my
mind and of the Holy Spirit, since there is one God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and one
Christ, and one hope, one Spirit, one Church, there ought also to be only one baptism. And therefore
I say, both that if anything has been set on foot or done among the heretics, that it ought to be
rescinded; and also, that they who come out from among the heretics should be baptized in the
73. Let it therefore be pronounced of no effect that they baptize, who hear the words of God
and do them not, when they shall begin to pass from unrighteousness to righteousness, that is, from
the sand to the rock. And if this is not done, because what there was in them of Christ was not
violated by their unrighteousness, then let this also be understood in the case of heretics: for neither
is there the same hope in the unrighteous, so long as they are on the sand, as there is in those who
are upon the rock; and yet there is in both the same baptism, although as it is said that there is one
hope, so also is it said that there is one baptism.


Conc. Carth. sec. 71.


Hippo Diarrhytus (Hippozaritus) was on the coast in ecclesiastical province of Zeugitana. For Petrus, cp. Cypr. Ep. lxvii.


Conc. Carth. sec. 72.


Ausafa was in ecclesiastical province of Zeugitana. For Lucius, cp. Bk. VI. cc. 14 and 38, and Bk. VII. c. 26.


Conc. Carth. sec. 73.