On Baptism, Against The Donatists

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

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Philip Schaff

91. Neither do we say that it is valid for salvation so long as they are heretics, just as it is of
no value to those murderers of whom we spoke, so long as they hate their brethren: for they also
themselves are in darkness, and if any one follows them they fall together into the ditch; and yet it
does not follow that they either have not baptism or are unable to confer it.

Chapter 47.—92. Natalis of Oëa1886 said: "It is not only I myself who am present, but also
Pompeius of Sabrati,1887 and Dioga of Leptis Magna,1888 who commissioned me to represent their
views, being absent indeed in body, but present in spirit, who deliver this same judgment as our
colleagues, that heretics cannot have communion with us, unless they have been baptized with the
baptism of the Church."1889
93. He means, I suppose, that communion which belongs to the society of the Dove; for in the
partaking of the sacraments they doubtless held communion with them, judging no man, nor
removing any from the right of communion if he held a different opinion. But with whatever
reference he spoke, there is no great need for these words being refuted. For certainly a heretic
would not be admitted to communion, unless he had been baptized with the baptism of the Church.
But it is clear that the baptism of the Church exists even among heretics if it be consecrated with
the words of the gospel; just as the gospel itself belongs to the Church, and has nothing to do with
their waywardness, but certainly retains its own holiness.

Chapter 48.—94. Junius of Neapolis1890 said: "I do not depart from the judgment which we
once pronounced, that we should baptize heretics on their coming to the Church."1891
95. Since this man has adduced no argument nor proof from the Scriptures, he need not detain
us long.

1886

Sabrati, Oëa and Leptis Magna were the three cities whose combination gave its name to Tripolis, an ecclesiastical
province.

1887

Sabrati, Oëa and Leptis Magna were the three cities whose combination gave its name to Tripolis, an ecclesiastical
province.

1888

Sabrati, Oëa and Leptis Magna were the three cities whose combination gave its name to Tripolis, an ecclesiastical
province.

1889

Conc. Carth. sec. 83-85.

1890

Neapolis was in ecclesiastical province of Zeugitana. The name Junius as bishop appears in Cypr. Epp. lvii., lxx.

1891

Conc. Carth. sec. 86.

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