SELECTIONS FROM EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITERS: ILLUSTRATIVE OF CHURCH HISTORY TO THE TIME OF CONSTANTINE by Henry Melvill Gwatkin, M.A. First Edition, Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1893. Reprinted with additions and corrections, 1897, 1902, 1905. Prepared for katapi by Paul Ingram, 2013.
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LX. CYPRIAN, Ep.71.


Heretical Baptism invalid


Nescio qua etenim praesumptione ducuntur quidam de collegis nostris ut putent eos qui apud haereticos tincti sunt, quando ad nos venerint, baptizari non oportere, eo as quod dicant unum baptisma esse: quod unum scilicet in ecclesia catholica est, quia ecclesia una est et esse baptisma praeter ecclesiam non potest. Nam cum duo baptismata esse non possint, si haeretici vere baptizant, ipsi habent baptisma ... nos autem dicimus eos qui inde veniunt non rebaptizari apud nos sed baptizari. Neque enim accipiunt illic aliquid ubi nihil est, sed veniunt ad nos ut hic accipiant ubi et gratia et Veritas omnis est, quia et gratia et Veritas una est.

For I know not by what argument some of our colleagues are led to think that when those come to us who have been dipped by heretics, they ought not to be baptized, on the ground as they say that there is one baptism; which one of course is in the Catholic Church, for the Church is one, and baptism there is none outside the Church. For since there cannot be two baptisms, then if heretics in truth baptize, it is they who have the baptism. ... We however say that those who come thence are not rebaptized with us but baptized, for indeed they receive not anything there where nothing is, but come to us that they may here receive where there is all grace and truth, since there is but one grace and truth.


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