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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITY Book Critique Believer’s Baptism Submitted to Dr. Larry McDonald in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of 201620 Spring 2016 THEO 620-B01 LUO by Bryan Fletcher
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INTRODUCTION When we hear the word baptism used in the realm of church doctrine, some may cringe. Not because they do not believe in its practice, but because they understand that there are a few differing views on the subject within the church. Some believe it is strictly reserved for the believer while others feel it is an extension of the Old Testament Covenant and should be practiced on babies. Still others believe that it is a requirement for Salvation. The book Believer’s Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ, edited by Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner and Dr. Shawn D. Wright, delves into the topic and uses theology and exegeses of Scripture to develop a case for believer’s baptism. The book is a compilation of articles written by different theologians with very different views on the subject. SUMMARY There is no mistake where the editor's stand on the topic of baptism. From the get go they are very clear that ‘credobaptism', the doctrine that Christian baptism should be reserved for believers, is what they believe and what they intend to support. ‘Paedobaptism,' the practice of infant baptism, is what they will primarily be debating against. They state, “We believe that baptism should be reserved for believers because it preserves the testimony of the gospel by showing that only those who have repented and believed belong to the church. Only those who have exercised faith are justified. Hence, only those who have trusted in Christ should be baptized.”[ CITATION Sch06 \l 1033 ] The editors do an excellent job of organizing the different arguments within the ten chapters of
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the book. Each deals with a different aspect of baptismal theology and its history. The first four
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