Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: Series I/Volume IV/Donatist Controversy/On Baptism/Book VI/Chapter 38

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Chapter 38.—73.  Lucius of Thebaste[1] said:  "I declare my judgment that heretics, and blasphemers, and unrighteous men, who with various words pluck away the sacred and adorable words of the Scriptures, should be held accursed, and therefore exorcised and baptized."[2]

74.  I too think that they should be held accursed, but not that therefore they should be exorcised and baptized; for it is their own falsehood which I hold accursed, but Christ’s sacrament which I venerate.


  1. Thebaste (Thebeste) in ecclesiastical province of Numidia.  For Lucius, cp. c. 14.
  2. Conc. Carth. sec. 31.