Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: Series I/Volume IV/Donatist Controversy/On Baptism/Book VII/Chapter 21

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Chapter 21.—40.  Julianus of Telepte[1] said:  "It is written, ‘A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven;’[2] if heresy is from heaven, it can give baptism."[3]

41.  Let him hear another also saying:  If covetousness is from heaven, it can give baptism.  And yet the covetous do confer it; so therefore also may the heretics.


  1. Telepte (Thelepte) or Thala, was in ecclesiastical province of Byzacium.
  2. John iii. 27.
  3. Conc. Carth. sec. 57.