Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: Series I/Volume IV/Donatist Controversy/On Baptism/Book VII/Chapter 31

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Chapter 31.—60.  Tenax of Horrea Celiæ[1] said:  "There is one baptism, but of the Church; and where the Church is not, there baptism also cannot be."[2]

61.  To him we answer:  How then comes it that it may be where the rock is not, but only sand; seeing that the Church is on the rock, and not on sand?


  1. Horrea Celiæ (Cæliæ) was a village of ecclesiastical province of Byzacium, ten miles north of Hadrumetum.  A Tenax is mentioned as bishop in Cypr. Ep. lxvii.
  2. Conc. Carth. sec. 67.