For with Novatian we are reasonably indignant,
seeing that he has cut the Church in two and dragged
certain of the brethren into impieties and blasphemies
and introduced the most unholy teaching about God
and accuses the most gracious Jesus Christ our Lord
of being without pity,9898See above, p. 53.
and besides all this sets at
nought the holy laws and overthrows the confession of faith
before baptism,9999A confession of faith has always been
required before baptism: this Novatian virtually ignored by his
action. and altogether banishes the
Holy Spirit from them, even though there were some
hope of His remaining or even of His returning to
them.100100Here as elsewhere Dionysius shows his breadth of view
about God in recognizing that the Holy Spirit might in
some measure remain even with the lapsed.