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Christian baptism, a survey of Christian teaching and practice

Author: Benjamin Franklin Smith
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn., Broadman Press [1971, ©1970]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Rev. ed.]View all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Franklin Smith
OCLC Number: 108410
Description: xii, 180 pages 21 cm
Contents: Chapter one: Introduction --
Reviewing the literature --
Stating the problem --
Limiting the field --
Matters that require no discussion --
Matters that call for limited discussion --
The baptism of John --
Its roots in Hebrew usage --
Its content --
Its relation to that of Jesus --
Chapter two: The New Testament record --
Key words in the study --
Light from the lexicons --
Contemporary usage --
Modern interpretations --
Conclusions --
Chapter three: The growth of ceremony prior to the Council of Nicaea --
Infant baptism --
Architecture and art --
Gnostic baptism --
The significance of baptism before Nicaea --
The deferring of baptism --
The administrator --
Conclusions --
Chapter four: Roots and results of baptismal change --
Some roots of change --
Influences from the mystery cults --
The Hebrew contribution --
Results of the major change --
Infant baptism --
Affusion --
The administrator --
Deferred baptism --
Chapter five: Development since Nicaea --
From 325 to 600 --
Testimony from the fathers --
Decisions of the councils --
From 600 to the Reformation --
Since the Reformation --
Reformers, Romanists, Anglicans, Anabaptists --
Modern creeds, confessions, and views of leaders --
Concluding observations on the period since Nicaea --
Chapter six: An abstract of current opinion --
Chapter seven: The decade of the seventies --
A new evaluation of the abstract of current opinion --
Present baptismal practice in the United States (covering twenty-seven denominations with over 100,000 members each) --
Chapter eight: Searchlight on the centuries --
How consistent must we be? --
What is valid baptism? --
Shall we rebaptize, ever? --
What about tradition? --
Chapter nine: Arise, let us be going --
Heritage and hope --
Motive and method --
Something for the babies.
Responsibility: [by] B.F. Smith.

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