Oh, yeah — it’s Monday!! And just when I thought I was going to get some time to catch up on my reading, I got another book.
Baptism: Three Views promises to be an interesting look at the various ideas of baptism held by evangelical Christians. It’s not exhaustive; the Roman Catholic conception is not represented, nor is the Lutheran. But this book deals with three major views – the Baptist conception of credobaptism (believer’s baptism) by immersion only, the Presbyterian view of baptism as the New Testament replacement for circumscision, and a moderate view of “dual practice” baptism. The benefit to this book is that it’s written in debate form; adherents of each view explain their viewpoint, and the other two critique that explanation. I’ve heard two of the contributors speak before (Bruce Ware, representing the credobaptist position, and Sinclair Ferguson, representing the Presbyterian position), so I know that this will be a good resource offering explanations for each position. From what I’ve read, it’s also done in a very civilized tone. I look forward to reading the debate, though I wonder if anyone will change their mind by reading this book.
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