The Mercersburg Theology Study Series is an attempt to make available for the first time, in attractive, readable, and scholarly modern editions, the key writings of the nineteenth-century movement known as the Mercersburg Theology. An ambitious multiyear project, it aims to make an important contribution to the scholarly community and to the broader reading public, who can at last be properly introduced to this unique blend of American and European, Reformed and Catholic theology.
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About the Author
David W. Layman earned his PhD in Religion from Temple University in 1994. Since then, he has been a lecturer in religious studies and philosophy at schools in south central Pennsylvania and has researched and written several articles on the Mercersburg movement.
W. Bradford Littlejohn is Director of the Davenant Trust, a nonprofit organization sponsoring historical research at the intersection of the church and academy, and is author of The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity and Richard Hooker: A Companion to His Life and Work.
Table of Contents
Foreword Peter J. Leithart vii
Editorial Approach and Acknowledgments xi
General Introduction David W. Layman 1
Article 1 Nevin and Bushnell: Christian Nurture and Baptism (1847)
"Educational Religion," John W. Nevin 34
"Educational Religion: Review of Dr. Bushnell's Tract Continued [Part 2]," John W. Nevin
"Educational Religion: Review of Dr. Bushnell's Tract Continued [Part 3]" John W. Nevin
"Educational Religion: Review of Dr. Bushnell's Tract, Concluded [Part 4] " John W. Nevin
"Baptismal Grace": A Conversation between Nevin and "Inquirer" for the Weekly Messenger "Dr. Bushnell and Puritanism," John W. Nevin
Article 2 "Noel on Baptism" (1850) Editor's Introduction Article John W. Nevin 78
Article 3 "The Apostolical Origin of Infant Baptism" (1852) Editor's Introduction Article Philip Schaff 116
Article 4 "Wilberforce on the Eucharist" (1854) Editor's Introduction Article John W. Nevin 129
Article 5 "The Efficacy of Baptism" (1857) Editors Introduction Article Emanuel V. Gerhart 156
Article 6 "The Old Doctrine of Christian Baptism" (1860) Editor's Introduction Article John W. Nevin 192
Article 7 "The Bread of Life: A Communion Sermon" (1879) Editors Introduction Article John W. Nevin Appendix 214
Subject and Author Index 259
Scripture Index 264
What People are Saying About This
"These provocative essays articulate a potent alternative to revivalism's identification of conversion with a disjunctive psychological crisis. David Layman's magisterial introduction clarifies how the Mercersburg theologians sought to recover a vision of salvation as a process of being shaped by the corporate life of the church, and baptism as the initial insertion of the individual into the life of Christ. Our churches desperately need such an antidote to self-generated and self-aggrandizing forms of spirituality."
Lee Barrett, Stager Professor of Theology, Lancaster Theological Seminary; Author, Eros and Self-Emptying: Intersections of Augustine and Kierkegaard and Kierkegaard: Foundations of Theology