Two highly regarded patristics scholars have put together a sourcebook compiled from early church writings, tombstone inscriptions, and art so readers can see what the actual practices were. Argues that believer's baptism was the central rite, with infant baptism a much later development. 192 pages, softcover. Evangelical Press.
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A handy summary of baptismal from original sources
Date:December 21, 2010
Location:Maple Ridge, BC
This book was very easy to read. It serves as an introductory text to the subject. Its biggest failings are a lack of comprehensiveness (i.e. could use more citations from original works) and the lack of an index. The cave inscriptions etc. were informative as original source material. The author/editor comments put the material in an understandable context. And while one wishes that editorial comments be kept to a bare minimum, on the other hand, as an introductory text, this book could have benefitted from a deeper contextual framework in each of the eras of the early church (approx. 100-400 AD). Nonetheless a good investment for someone who is perhaps sitting on the fence or is conflicted about one's denominational position on infant baptism. It helped clarify the issue for me.