The author, a professor at Marquette University, is attentive to the various confessional points of view on baptism and presents them in a way that allows not only comparison but also the emergence of new insights. In such a way, all Christians can, with mutual understanding and respect, progress along the sometimes difficult path toward a shared understanding of Nicene faith: ‘I acknowledge one baptism.’
I highly recommend this book for all professors and students of the initiation rites, and any parish personnel dealing with candidates for full communion in the church who would like to have a better grasp of the beliefs of those seeking full communion.
. . . an excellent source for an overview of where all of the major traditions align themselves on baptism.
No future ecumenical conversation can afford to neglect Susan Wood’s important contribution. She has certainly done what she hoped to do. She has produced a significant contribution on the path to Christian unity.
The Living Church
A fine treatment of baptism, of interest to theologians systematic, ecumenical, and liturgical alike.
The author has listened carefully to various points of view about baptism, and has presented these in a way that permits not just comparison but the emergence of new insights. She has gone far in answering her own question, ‘What does baptism do?’ Baptism offers a foretaste of eschatological glory. Wood shows that Christians can walk the sometimes tortuous path to that goal with mutual respect and tangible hope.
One Baptism delivers a vast, rich spectrum of meaning that is brought to baptism by the many Christian churches and communions. . . . [This] is a fascinating, comprehensive study that will eventually bring us closer to the unity we profess in sharing ‘one baptism’. The book also contains four helpful indices: subjects, documents, proper names, and Scripture citations.
Susan K. Wood’s ecumenical study of our 'one Baptism' merits wide attention from systematic, historical, and liturgical theologians. Baptism and Eschatology, Baptism and Justification, Baptism and Church are just some of the topics that this liturgically grounded and readable study treats with clarity and precision. A veteran of Roman CatholicLutheran dialogues, Susan Wood does here what many of us have been calling on theologians to do for some time, i.e., to root soteriology and ecclesiology in God’s gracious gift of new life in water and the Holy Spirit in the font of grace where all new life begins so that a baptismal ecclesiology might be generated.
Maxwell E. Johnson, University of Notre Dame