Sunday, June 03, 2007

Ben Witherington on Baptism

Just out is Ben Witherington's new book: Troubled Waters: Rethinking the Theology of Baptism (Baylor University Press, released 30 May 2007).

The blurb reads: Baptism has been a contested practice from the very beginning of the church. In this volume, Ben Witherington rethinks the theology of Baptism and does so in constant conversation with the classic theological positions and central New Testament texts. By placing Baptism in the context of the covenant, Witherington shows how advocates of both believer's baptism and infant baptism have added some water to both their theology and practice of baptism.


Nick said...

Would Ben advocate infant baptism? It's an issue I'm trying to work through for myself. I've been raised in an idependent evangelical church that his always advocated believer's baptism. Having read some Reformed Sytematics, I'm rethinking the issue (especially now my son has just been born.)

God bless

Geoff Hudson said...

In all its New Testament references, baptism appears as a graft on the earliest Christianity. My question would be, who was responsible for such a graft, if it wasn't ex-Jewish priests with experience of ritual immersion?