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BAPTISM: FOUNDATION FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

Current movements toward church unity, such as the conversations among ten Protestant denominations looking toward church union, or the less sharply defined spirit of ecumenism between Catholics and Protestants, sooner or later encounter the question of the meaning and form of Baptism Professor Moody, of the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, provides a thoroughly scholarly study of the question in all its aspects, ranging from that of infant damnation to ""believers' baptism,"" and from the rite as sacrament to the rite simply as symbol. After a careful survey of the historical antecedents of the question in its current form, the author reviews present views held among the Reformed, Lutheran, Anglican, and Free Church branches of Protestantism. His conclusion is that, for the present, both infant baptism and believers' baptism will be found permissible in any church union, but sooner or later, one will prevail over the other; and meanwhile, the question of the sacramental import of the rite will have to be settled. A notably authoritative contribution to discussions of church union.

Pub Date: Sept. 11, 1967

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Publisher: Westminster

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1967