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It Takes a Church to Baptize It Takes a Church to Baptize

What the Bible Says about Infant Baptism

by McKnight, Scot

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? In his book, the author, renowned New Testament scholar, 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 will appeal to pastors seeking an easy-to-relay message about the biblical justification for baptizing infants, readers with a background in adult baptism considering infant baptism, parents and grandparents considering baptizing their infant children, and Christians attracted to the Anglican Church, The Book of Common Prayer, the lectionary approach to Sunday worship, and the liturgical ordering of the church calendar. Endorsements: "Able, strong, wise, and biblically and theologically rich--that's pretty much the case with anything Scot McKnight writes. And here he goes again, this time on the subject of infant baptism. There are a great number of confusions and misunderstandings about infant baptism that Scot thoughtfully clarifies. So even if you don't end up being convinced, you will know why people like Scot (and me) think it is a practice essential for proper Christian discipleship." -Mark Galli, editor in chief, Christianity Today

Paperback, 144 pages, notes, Scripture and Ancient Writings Index, Subject Index

USD 16.95 / CAD 21.95

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