On Baptism, Against The Donatists

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

NPNF (V1-04)

Philip Schaff

what they received there. But if it is absurd to say that those are not heretics through whom the
rest became heretics, it is therefore possible that a heretic should have what turns to his destruction
through his evil use of it.

Chapter 41.—80. Honoratus of Tucca1865 said: "Since Christ is the truth, we ought to follow
the truth rather than custom; that we may sanctify by the baptism of the Church the heretics who
come to us, simply because they could receive nothing outside."1866
81. This man, too, is a witness to the custom, in which he gives us the greatest assistance,
whatever else he may appear to say against us. But this is not the reason why heretics come over
to us, because they have received nothing outside, but that what they did receive may begin to be
of use to them: for this it could not be outside in any wise.

Chapter 42.—82. Victor of Octavus1867 said: "As ye yourselves also know, I have not been
long appointed a bishop, and therefore I waited for the counsel of my seniors. This therefore I
express as my opinion, that whosoever comes from heresy should undoubtedly be baptized."1868
83. What, therefore, has been answered to those for whom he waited, may be taken as the
answer also to himself.

Chapter 43.—84. Clarus of Mascula1869 said: "The sentence of our Lord Jesus Christ is manifest,
when He sent forth His apostles, and gave the power which had been given Him of His Father to
them alone, whose successors we are, governing the Church of the Lord with the same power, and
baptizing those who believe the faith. And therefore heretics, who, being without, have neither
power nor the Church of Christ, cannot baptize any one with His baptism."1870


Tucca (Thucca) was in ecclesiastical province of Numidia. Honoratus occurs as bishop’s name in Cypr. Epp. lvii., lxii.,
lxvii., lxx. bis. The attempts to distinguish or to identify these are hazardous.


Conc. Carth. sec. 77.


Octavus was in ecclesiastical province of Numidia. For Victor, cp. cc. 4, 32.


Conc. Carth. sec. 78.


Mascula was in ecclesiastical province of Numidia.


Conc. Carth. Ibid. sec. 79.