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The First Canonical Epistle of Our Holy Father Basil, Archbishop of Cæsarea inCappadocia to Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconium.596(This Epistle, number ct xxxviij., is found translated in Volume VIII. of theSecond Series of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, p. 223et seqq.)Canon I.As to the question concerning the Puritans the custom of every country is tobe observed, since they who have discussed this point are of varioussentiments. The [baptism] of the Pepuzenes I make no account of, and Iwonder that Dionysius the canonist was of another mind. The ancientsspeak of heresies, which entirely break men off, and make them aliens fromthe faith.Such are the Manichæans, Valentinians, Marcionites andPepuzenes, who sin against the Holy Ghost, who baptize into the Father, Sonand Montanus, or Priscilla. Schisms are caused by ecclesiastical disputes,and for causes that are not incurable, and for differences concerningpenance. The Puritans are such schismatics. The ancients, viz. Cyprian andFermilian, put these, and the Encratites, and Hydroparastatæ, andApotactites, under the same condemnation; because they have no longer thecommunication of the Holy Ghost, who have broken the succession. Theywho first made the departure had the spiritual gift; but by being schismatics,they became laymen; and therefore they ordered those that were baptizedby them, and came over to the Church, to be purged by the true baptism, asthose that are baptized by laymen. Because some in Asia have otherwisedetermined, let [their baptism] be allowed: but not that of the Encratites; for

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Term
Spring
Professor
AARRIETA
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Christian terms, canon

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