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Children of the Promise: The Biblical Case for Infant Baptism Paperback – November 1, 1995
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A gracious and compelling presentation. . . . careful . . . readable . . . pastoral." --Kenneth L. Gentry Jr.
"The most convincing arguments of any I have read in a book intended for laymen. . . . I give this title high marks!" --Walter C. Hibbard
"Excellent. . . . the most helpful discussion I have seen for the general reader. . . . Because of his own theological transformation [Booth] writes in a way that will be particularly insightful and helpful to others." --Greg L. Bahnsen
About the Author
Robert R. Booth received a Bachelor of Science degree in history from East Texas State University and has completed graduate studies in Christian apologetics. Formerly a Baptist pastor, he now is pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Nacogdoches, TX. He is also the director of Covenant Media Foundation and serves on the faculty of the Dabney Theological Study Center in Monroe, LA. He and his wife, Marinell, have three grown children.
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Choosing to build his case on biblical and theological grounds, Booth includes an Appendix which contains the argument from church history for infant baptism, by Samuel Miller. A second Appendix contains a table listing the similarities between circumcision and baptism, along with scriptural references.
Unfortunately this text uses end notes rather than footnotes, forcing the reader to flip back and forth to the end of the chapter to reference a citation. A selected bibliography of works would also have been a helpful addition for those wanting to do further research.
While no one should conclude that this is the definitive work on the subject (some of the other reviews notwithstanding) it is nonetheless a helpful and readable introduction to Covenant Theology, and the general case that can be made for infant baptism.
Before I read this book, I was a Baptist, albeit one who had already accepted the basic premises of Covenant Theology.
Booth doesn't merely address baptism in this book. The first part of it is a cogent explanation of Covenant Theology. If every Dispensationalist would read this book, perhaps we would stop "talking past each other." ...
Booth's writing style is easy to read, and the vignettes presented with each chapter do a great job of illustrating his points.
If you are a Baptist with questions on the subject, you owe it to yourself to read this book. If you already believe in paedobaptism, this book should help you understand why.
Additionally, this book also serves as a good introduction to covenant theology vs dispensationalism. The book argues that, only from a covenany view can you come to an agreement and find unity throughout the Old and New Testaments.