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Things that divide Christians act as a poor witness to the world. On such major schism is that of Baptism. However if we can’t agree, the next best witness to the world is the manner of how we disagree. The two views explored here, paedo (or infant) baptism and adult (or believer’s) baptism are often so entrenched that discussions can be based around prejudice rather than understanding. This classic book aims to eradicate the former and promote the latter.
We owe it to the future health of the church, and its witness, to work out our differences in love before the world. This book looks at the biblical arguments for both views on baptism, show how these have been practised in church history and the place that baptism has in the church today. This book is based on the 1998 extended version of the 1977 classic.
Donald Bridge and David Phypers approach this book from two different directions – respectively that of Baptist and Anglican. The common approach they bring is their respect of the others position as regards fidelity to scripture and faith.
This is a superb book, written in a balanced, dispassionate way. It examines all the main baptismal practices from dedication to believer baptism, reviewing strengths and weaknesses and leaving the reader to make up their own mind. Refreshing. I came across this book many years ago and am pleased that it is still available. Bridge and Phypers took a similar approach in their other books on the Holy Spirit, and on the Eucharist (the meal that unites). If you can get hold of any of these you will be blessed.Few writers today adopt such a balanced approach to writing.
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