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Infant Baptism and Protestant Theology - Mondays with McMaken

Continuing on in this self-promotional series, I offer you the following paragraph on the question of how infant baptism fits within Protestant theology.

W. Travis McMaken, The Sign of the Gospel: Toward an Evangelical Doctrine of Infant Baptism after Karl Barth, Emerging Scholars (Fortress, 2013), 24.

Of particular interest is how Calvin’s doctrine of baptism provides an especially instructive look at the inherent tension within all reformational doctrines of infant baptism. For both Luther and Calvin, and the mainline of the Reformation as it proceeded from them, baptism is only effective to accomplish what it is said to accomplish insofar as it is joined with faith. This pushed both Luther and Calvin to make assertions about the possibility of faith in infants as well as to argue that those baptized must later fulfill their baptisms with faith. The status of such affirmations is not important here. But they do reveal that for all the bluster in support of infant baptism against th…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

…or, Something to keep you busy over the weekend…

…or, The Past Fortnight in the Theoblogosphere.

It has been too long since I last managed to post some links (here’s that post). I’ve been collecting them, however, and quite a pile has built up. So I thought that I would pass some on. Here are the few new posts from DET since then:

New Center for Barth Studies Book Review on The Analogy of BeingBarth on the triune relationshipsTroeltsch’s distinction between Dogmatics and Glaubenslehre - Some folks wrote comments on this post and, while I mean to, I never made it back to respond. My apologies. :-/Augustine and the Sacramental Argument for Infant Baptism - Mondays with McMaken
Here are the links from around the theo-blogosphere:

Animals as Religious Subjects :: Book/Chapter AnnouncementFive things Bill O’Reilly flubs in 'Killing Jesus'25 Signs You’re Addicted To BooksJesus Catches Peter - Jason Ingalls on John 21.1-19He finally got it - “A sermon by Kim Fabricius (his second-last…