Are there any Christian texts before 600 CE which discuss the exorcism of infants or suggest that due to ancestral sin or for similar reasons infants are under the power of evil spirits?
In ancient church orders and other works on baptism in early centuries, exorcism of evil spirits seems like a key part of the baptismal ritual. I'm curious how this might have been understood in the case of infants.
I'm most interested in the earliest or the most thorough such explanations.
Additional info on baptism and exorcism:
Per DJClayworth's request, the following are some examples of the centrality of exorcism to baptism in the patristic era, all from a quick Google book search of Kelly, H. A. (2004). The Devil at Baptism: Ritual, Theology, and Drama. Wipf and Stock Publishers. That said, my knowledge of this topic isn't specifically from Kelly.
- In the Canons of Hippolytus, those being baptized are instructed to remove their jewelry and loose their hair in order to prevent alien spirits from descending with them into the water of the second birth. (p. 136)
- At the turn of the third century, there was a whole program of exorcisms preceding baptism (p. 106)
- On p. 141, Kelly does a good job of describing the thoroughness of the repeated exorcisms in the baptismal procedure.
- Chrysostom's description of the unbaptized as lacking the seal of Christ's protection from demons on pages 142f may be the beginning of an answer to my question.
For a work available online discussing exorcisms and baptism in this era, see eg. Adam Szabados (2010). Post-New Testament Early Christian Views of Baptismal Anointing.