Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: Series I/Volume IV/Donatist Controversy/On Baptism/Book VI/Chapter 42

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Chapter 42.—81.  Adelphius of Thasbalte[1] said:  "It is surely without cause that they find fault with the truth in false and invidious terms, saying that we rebaptize, since the Church does not rebaptize heretics, but baptizes them."[2]

82.  Truly enough it does not rebaptize them, because it only baptizes those who were not baptized before; and this earlier custom has only been confirmed in a later Council by a more careful perfecting of the truth.


  1. Thasbalte (Thasvalthe) was in ecclesiastical province of Byzacene.  An Adelphius is mentioned in Cypr. Ep. lxvii.
  2. Conc. Carth. sec. 35.