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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. IV:
Writings in Connection with the Donatist Controversy.: Chapter 40

Early Church Fathers  Index     

p. 509

Chapter 40.—78.  Salvianus of Gazaufala 1863 said:  "It is generally known that heretics have nothing; and therefore they come to us, that they may receive what previously they did not have." 1864

79.  Our answer is:  On this theory, the very men who founded heresies are not heretics themselves, because they separated themselves from the Church, and certainly they previously had what they received there.  But if it is absurd to say that those are not heretics through whom the rest became heretics, it is therefore possible that a heretic should have what turns to his destruction through his evil use of it.


Footnotes

509:1863

Gazaufala (Gazophyla) was in ecclesiastical province of Numidia.

509:1864

Conc. Carth. sec. 76.


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