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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol III:
Tertullian: Part III: Part III

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Title Page.
On Repentance.
Chapter I
True Repentance a Thing Divine, Originated by God, and Subject to His Laws.
Sins May Be Divided into Corporeal and Spiritual. Both Equally Subject, If Not to Human, Yet to Divine Investigation and Punishment.
Repentance Applicable to All the Kinds of Sin. To Be Practised Not Only, Nor Chiefly, for the Good It Brings, But Because God Commands It.
Sin Never to Be Returned to After Repentance.
Baptism Not to Be Presumptously Received. It Requires Preceding Repentance, Manifested by Amendment of Life.
Of Repentance, in the Case of Such as Have Lapsed After Baptism.
Examples from Scripture to Prove the Lord's Willingness to Pardon.
Concerning the Outward Manifestations by Which This Second Repentance is to Be Accompanied.
Of Men's Shrinking from This Second Repentance and Exomologesis, and of the Unreasonableness of Such Shrinking.
Further Strictures on the Same Subject.
Final Considerations to Induce to Exomologesis.
On Baptism.
Chapter I
The Very Simplicity of God's Means of Working, a Stumbling-Block to the Carnal Mind.
Water Chosen as a Vehicle of Divine Operation and Wherefore. Its Prominence First of All in Creation.
The Primeval Hovering of the Spirit of God Over the Waters Typical of Baptism. The Universal Element of Water Thus Made a Channel of Sanctification. Resemblance Between the Outward Sign and the Inward Grace.
Use Made of Water by the Heathen. Type of the Angel at the Pool of Bethsaida.
The Angel the Forerunner of the Holy Spirit. Meaning Contained in the Baptismal Formula.
Of the Unction.
Of the Imposition of Hands. Types of the Deluge and the Dove.
Types of the Red Sea, and the Water from the Rock.
Of John's Baptism.
Answer to the Objection that “The Lord Did Not Baptize.”
Of the Necessity of Baptism to Salvation.
Another Objection:  Abraham Pleased God Without Being Baptized. Answer Thereto. Old Things Must Give Place to New, and Baptism is Now a Law.
Of Paul's Assertion, that He Had Not Been Sent to Baptize.
Unity of Baptism.  Remarks on Heretical And Jewish Baptism.
Of the Second Baptism--With Blood.
Of the Power of Conferring Baptism.
Of the Persons to Whom, and the Time When, Baptism is to Be Administered.
Of the Times Most Suitable for Baptism.
Of Preparation For, and Conduct After, the Reception of Baptism.
On Prayer.
Chapter I
The First Clause.
The Second Clause.
The Third Clause.
The Fourth Clause.
The Fifth Clause.
The Sixth Clause.
The Seventh or Final Clause.
We May Superadd Prayers of Our Own to the Lord's Prayer.
When Praying the Father, You are Not to Be Angry with a Brother.
We Must Be Free Likewise from All Mental Perturbation.
Of Washing the Hands.
Of Putting Off Cloaks.
Of Sitting After Prayer.
Of Elevated Hands.
Of the Kiss of Peace.
Of Stations.
Of Women's Dress.
Of Virgins.
Answer to the Foregoing Arguments.
Of Kneeling.
Of Place for Prayer.
Of Time for Prayer.
Of the Parting of Brethren.
Of Subjoining a Psalm.
Of the Spiritual Victim, Which Prayer is.
Of the Power of Prayer.
Ad Martyras.
Chapter I
Chapter II.
Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
The Passion of the Holy Martyrs Perpetua and Felicitas.
Introductory Notice.
Chapter I
Argument.  Perpetua, When Besieged by Her Father, Comforts Him. When Led with Others to the Tribunal, She Avows Herself a Christian, and is Condemned with the Rest to the Wild Beasts. She Prays for Her Brother Dinocrates, Who Was Dead.
Argument. Perpetua is Again Tempted by Her Father. Her Third Vision, Wherein She is Led Away to Struggle Against an Egyptian. She Fights, Conquers, and Receives the Reward.
Argument. Saturus, in a Vision, and Perpetua Being Carried by Angels into the Great Light, Behold the Martyrs. Being Brought to the Throne of God, are Received with a Kiss. They Reconcile Optatus the Bishop and Aspasius the Presbyter.
Argument.  Secundulus Dies in the Prison.  Felicitas is Pregnant, But with Many Prayers She Brings Forth in the Eighth Month Without Suffering, the Courage of Perpetua and of Saturus Unbroken.
Argument. From the Prison They are Led Forth with Joy into the Amphitheatre, Especially Perpetua and Felicitas. All Refuse to Put on Profane Garments. They are Scourged, They are Thrown to the Wild Beasts.  Saturus Twice is Unhurt. Perpetua and Felicitas are Thrown Down; They are Called Back to the Sanavivarian Gate. Saturus Wounded by a Leopard, Exhorts the Soldier. They Kiss One Another, and are Slain with the Sword.
On Patience.
Chapter I
God Himself an Example of Patience.
Jesus Christ in His Incarnation and Work a More Imitable Example Thereof.
Duty of Imitating Our Master Taught Us by Slaves. Even by Beasts. Obedient Imitation is Founded on Patience.
As God is the Author of Patience So the Devil is of Impatience.
Patience Both Antecedent and Subsequent to Faith.
The Causes of Impatience, and Their Correspondent Precepts.
Of Patience Under Personal Violence and Malediction.
Of Patience Under Bereavement.
Of Revenge.
Further Reasons for Practising Patience. Its Connection with the Beatitudes.
Certain Other Divine Precepts. The Apostolic Description of Charity. Their Connection with Patience.
Of Bodily Patience.
The Power of This Twofold Patience, the Spiritual and the Bodily. Exemplified in the Saints of Old.
General Summary of the Virtues and Effects of Patience.
The Patience of the Heathen Very Different from Christian Patience. Theirs Doomed to Perdition. Ours Destined to Salvation.

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