It Takes a Church to Baptize: What the Bible Says About Infant Baptism
Should infants be baptized before their faith is conscious, or should they be baptized into the faith of their parents? Bible scholar Scot McKnight makes a biblical case for infant baptism, exploring its history and meaning, and affirming its validity...
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Should infants be baptized before their faith is conscious, or should they be baptized into the faith of their parents? Bible scholar Scot McKnight makes a biblical case for infant baptism, exploring its history and meaning, and affirming its validity for bringing children into the faith.
:The issue of baptism has troubled Protestants for centuries. Should infants be baptized before their faith is conscious, or does God command the baptism of babies whose parents have been baptized?
Popular New Testament scholar Scot McKnight makes a biblical case for infant baptism, exploring its history, meaning, and practice and showing that infant baptism is the most historic Christian way of forming children into the faith. He explains that the church's practice of infant baptism developed straight from the Bible and argues that it must begin with the family and then extend to the church. Baptism is not just an individual profession of faith: it takes a family and a church community to nurture a child into faith over time. McKnight explains infant baptism for readers coming from a tradition that baptizes adults only, and he counters criticisms that fail to consider the role of families in the formation of faith. The book includes a foreword by Todd Hunter and an afterword by Gerald McDermott.
Scot McKnight (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University. Prior to joining the NPU faculty in 1994, he was a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written widely on the historical Jesus, Christian spirituality, and the Emerging Church. One of McKnight's more popular books, The Jesus Creed, won the Christianity Today's book award for 2004 in the area of Christian living. McKnight's blog, JesusCreed.org, has been a popular site for Emerging Church discussion.
His other publications include: The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus; Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today; Jesus and His Death: Historiography, the Historical Jesus, and Atonement Theory; Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us; Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels; The Story of the Christ, with Philip Law; and 1 Peter and Galatians in NIV Application Commentary.
His most recent publications include The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible and James (New International Commentary on the New Testament).
- :<b>contents<br></b>foreword By Todd Hunter<br>preface: A Letter<br>1. Our Baptism: First Six Words<br>2. Baptism: Church And Family<br>3. Presentation And Commitments<br>4. The Three Great Themes Of Our Baptism<br>5. The Bible And Infant Baptism<br>6. The Act Of Baptism<br>7. My Personal Testimony<br>afterword By Gerald Mcdermott<br>indexes