The Water That Divides: Two views on Baptism Explored

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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.Do you know why Anglicans, Presbyterians and Methodists ...

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Overview

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.Do you know why Anglicans, Presbyterians and Methodists baptise babies? Do you know why Baptists find it impossible to understand why they do it? Do you know why most Baptists find it difficult to allow Paedobaptists to take communion or become church members? 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.

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This volume would go some way to help people rethink what are true Gospel vitals and what are secondary, and hence non-divisive, issues. I commend this book to get Christians thinking and seeking a mutual way forward - we cannot afford the luxury of glasshouses, whichever side of the debate we stand. ~ Rev J. F. Dunn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845503086
  • Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
  • Publication date: 2/18/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,416,257
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Bridge is best known as an evangelist, author & pastor. He spends much of his time helping churches work through problems that are dividing them. He has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects.

David Phypers has spent many years as a Church of England minister in the Peak district of England. He plans to retire shortly.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     7
Baptism and Scripture
Baptism in the New Testament     17
The Paedobaptist Approach     31
The Baptist Approach     51
Baptism and History
After the Apostles     67
Medieval Underground     83
Reformation Tragedy     93
Mennonites and Calvinists     111
The Politician and the Pot-mender     123
Revival and Expansion     135
Missionary Movements     143
Mission, Unity and Renewal     153
Baptism Today and Tomorrow
Problems for Paedobaptists     173
Problems for Baptists     185
The Real Issues     195
Baptism in a Postmodern World     203
Indices     221
Select Bibliography     229
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