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Understanding Four Views on Baptism (Counterpoints Series)

Paperback|Feb 2007
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The Bible speaks of "one baptism" (Eph.4:5), yet historically water baptism has been a major source of contention and division among Christians. What then is its true significance? In this book, representatives of four major Protestant traditions debate the issue,...


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The Bible speaks of "one baptism" (Eph.4:5), yet historically water baptism has been a major source of contention and division among Christians. What then is its true significance? In this book, representatives of four major Protestant traditions debate the issue, to help readers arrive at their own conclusions. 208 pages, from Zondervan.

Water baptism can be both a uniting act and a dividing force in the church. The Bible speaks of "one baptism" (Eph. 4:5); yet the ways in which Christians have understood and practiced baptism have been a historic source of contention. What is the significance of water baptism? Who should be baptized? Is infant baptism scriptural? Which is the proper baptismal mode: sprinkling, pouring, or immersion? Should people be rebaptized if they join a church that teaches a different form of baptism? Should baptism be required for church membership? These and other questions are explored in Understanding Four Views on Baptism. Facilitating respectful and enlightening dialogue among its contributors, this Counterpoints Church Life book explores four prominent views on baptism: bull; Baptism of the professing regenerate by immersion (Baptist) bull; Believer's baptism on the occasion of regeneration by immersion (Christian Church/Church of Christ) bull; Infant baptism by sprinkling as a regenerative act (Lutheran) bull; Infant baptism of children of the covenant (Reformed)
-Publisher

What is the significance of water baptism? Who should be baptized? Is infant baptism scriptural? Which is the proper baptismal mode: sprinkling, pouring, or immersion? Should people be rebaptized if they join a church that teaches a different form of baptism? Should baptism be required for church membership? These and other questions are explored in this thought-provoking book. Four historic views on baptism are considered in depth: * Baptism of the professing regenerate by immersion (Baptist) * Believers' baptism on the occasion of regeneration by immersion (Christian Churches/Churches of Christ) * Infant baptism by sprinkling as a regenerative act (Lutheran) * Infant baptism of children of the covenant (Reformed) Each view is presented by its proponent, then critiqued and defended in dialogue with the book's other contributors. Here is an ideal setting in which you can consider the strengths and weaknesses of each stance and arrive at your own informed conclusion.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 254263
  • Product Code 0310262674
  • EAN 9780310262671
  • UPC 025986262679
  • Pages 224
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Feb 2007
  • Sales Rank 14276
  • Dimensions 203 x 134 x 16mm
  • Weight 0.190kg

Thomas Nettles

Nettles is Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

John D Castelein

John H. Armstrong is president of ACT 3 in Carol Stream, Illinois and served as a pastor for more than twenty years. He is an adjunct professor of evangelism at Wheaton College Graduate School. His online commentaries regularly appear at www.Act3online.com. He holds degrees from Wheaton College, Wheaton Graduate School, and Luther Rice Seminary. He is the author or editor of a number of books including The Catholic Mystery, Five Great Evangelists, Understanding Four Views on the Lord's Supper, and Understanding Four Views on Baptism

Richard L Pratt (Jr)

Richard Pratt (Th.D. in Old Testament Studies, Harvard University) is the president of Third Millennium Ministries. He is Adjunct Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, and also has taught courses at the Jackson and Charlotte campuses. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, and travels extensively world wide to evangelize and teach. Dr. Pratt is the general editor of the NIV Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible and a translator for the New Living Translation. He has also authored numerous books, including: Pray with Your Eyes Open, Every Thought Captive, Designed for Dignity, He Gave Us Stories, The Mentor Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles and the Holman Commentary on 1 & 2 Corinthians.

Robert Kolb

Robert Kolb (PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison) is Mission Professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Institute for Mission Studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of numerous books, including Martin Luther as Prophet, Teacher, and Hero, and co-editor of The Book of Concord. and most recently Genius of Luther's Theology.

John H Armstrong

John H. Armstrong (D.Min., Luther Rice Seminary) is president of ACT 3 in Carol Stream, Illinois and served as a pastor for more than twenty years. He is an adjunct professor of evangelism at Wheaton College Graduate School. His online commentaries regularly appear at www.Act3online.com. He holds degrees from Wheaton College, Wheaton Graduate School, and Luther Rice Seminary. He is the author or editor of a number of books including The Catholic Mystery; Five Great Evangelists; Understanding Four Views on the Lords Supper; Understanding For Views on Baptism; and most recently Your Church Is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ's Mission Is Vital to the Future of the Church.

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