A Summary Defense for Infant Baptism

  Michael Horton [I thought this was a good short summary of the case FOR Infant Baptism so I post it also. Bold emphasis mine – RAS] “Let me summarize what I regard as the most compelling arguments for infant baptism: God has brought us into a covenant of grace, and although not all members […]

On the Sacraments

from JND Kelly,  “Early Christian Doctrines” “IN the fourth and fifth centuries little or no attempt was made, in East or West, to work out a systematic sacramental theology. The universal, if somewhat vague, assumption was [up to this point] that the sacraments were outward and visible signs marking the presence of an invisible, but […]

Basil of Caesarea on Baptism

Basil of Caesarea (also known as Basil the Great) (ca. 330 – 379 ) “For this cause the Lord, who gives us our life, gave us the covenant of Baptism, containing a type of life and death, for the water fulfills the image of death, and the Spirit gives us the promise of life. Hence […]

Infant Baptism

by Mark J. Bonocore Is it correct and Apostolic to Baptize infants and children before the age of reason? Well, first of all, it must be admitted that there is no specific reference to infant Baptism in the Scriptures. However, that’s really beside the point, since there is nothing that speaks against infant Baptism either; […]

Baptism as Rebirth and Illumination

John 3:1-8 NKJV There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. (2)  This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."  […]

On the Mystery of Baptism

Patristic Quotes compiled by Maximus Scott Christian Baptism is the mystery of starting anew, of dying to an old way of life and being born again into a new way of life, in Christ. In the Orthodox Church, baptism is “for the remission of sins” (cf. the Nicene Creed) and for entrance into the Church; […]