This Gift of Water: The Practice and Theology of Baptism Among Methodists in America

Overview

Traces the development of baptismal theology and practice in Methodism from John Wesley through the 1992 General Conference. Felton explores infant and adult baptism, rebaptism, and the meaning of the ritual as sacrament. She explains past origins for contemporary understandings and misappropriations.

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Overview

Traces the development of baptismal theology and practice in Methodism from John Wesley through the 1992 General Conference. Felton explores infant and adult baptism, rebaptism, and the meaning of the ritual as sacrament. She explains past origins for contemporary understandings and misappropriations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687333271
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2004
  • Pages: 249
  • Sales rank: 855,045
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

2001 GAYLE C. FELTON, is a consultant, writer and speaker. She was assistant professor at Duke Divinity School and Meredith College and is a clergy member of the North Carolina Annual Conference. She is a member of the Untied Methodist Scholars of Christian Education and chair of the National Board of Reconciling Ministries Network.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Ch. I The Practice of Baptism in the Ministry of John Wesley 13
Ch. II Wesley's Theological Understanding of Baptism 26
Benefits of Baptism 26
Baptismal Regeneration 34
Infant and Adult Baptism 42
Ch. III Baptism in Eighteenth-Century American Methodism 49
Ch. IV Theological Articulation in the Era of Camp Meeting Revivalism: 1800-1844 57
Authorized Church Statements on Baptism 58
Dialectical Defining of Baptismal Theology 61
Issues of Baptism and Church Membership 74
Ch. V Salient Issues in the First Decades of the Divided Church: 1845-1866 80
Authorized Church Statements on Baptism 80
Defining of Doctrine and Practice 85
The Nature and Nurture of Children 93
Issues of Baptism and Church Membership 103
Ch. VI Late Nineteenth-Century Controversies: 1867-1900 111
Authorized Church Statements on Baptism 111
Delineation of Theology and Practice 114
The Nature and Nurture of Children 120
Issues of Baptism and Church Membership 126
Ch. VII Twentieth-Century Consensus and Confusion: 1901-1968 132
From the Beginning of the Century to the 1939 Union 132
The Methodist Church: 1940-1968 146
Ch. VIII Debate in the United Methodist Church: 1969-1992 163
The United Methodist Church: 1969-1991 163
The General Conference of 1992 and Beyond 170
Conclusion 172
Selected Bibliography 181
Notes 213
Index 247
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