- Paperback: 90 pages
- Publisher: P & R Publishing (January 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0875523439
- ISBN-13: 978-0875523439
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christian Baptism Paperback – January 1, 1992
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About the Author
Born in Sutherland, Scotland, in 1898, John Murray distinguished himself as a theologian of the first rank during his years of service at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he taught systematic theology from 1930 until his retirement in 1966.
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The only problem with this book is the use of Greek and Hebrew letters in the discussion about the meanings of words in regard to what baptism is and is not. I have a very rudimentary understanding of Greek pronunciation, and no idea how to pronounce Hebrew letters. This was highly distracting while trying to follow a fairly complex arguement. I would like to see an edition of this book with English pronunications inserted after the Greek and Hebrew words.
Although I am not thoroughly convinced infant baptism is the way to go this book gave me a lot to ponder as I turn my sights on the last leg of this journey to find out what to do regarding my children.
But in this work, he was unable to clearly make his case because of inherent tensions in his presentation.
Chapter 2 on the Mode of Baptism was perfect and extremely convincing. But when he gets to chapter three on the Church, he undermines the entire case of his book by his inability to properly classify the state of the Church. I don't think John Murray had a wrong view of the Church, but I don't think he was able to explain his views in such a short space. He referred to the "Invisible" and "Visible" Church several times and then said he didn't like those words, and that they weren't really scriptural. Much of the book was him wrestling against those terms with nothing to replace them with. This carried over into the other chapters, such as the one on Infant Baptism. You can see in this book how many of the tensions or unclear points of his theology were later sorted out and expounded upon (rightly or wrongly) by Professor Norman Shepard and Doug Wilson.
But none the less, he makes a decent case for Infant Baptism. But his thesis and entire book is overshadowed by the confusion regarding the Visible and Invisible Church. In addition, he gives a very unlikely exegesis of Romans 6.