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Infant Baptism and the Covenant of Grace Paperback – July 19, 1978
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The theological analysis was quite thorough as well, however it is important that one pays close attention to the subtitle of the book "An Appraisal of the Argument That As Infants Were Once Circumcised, So They Shoud Now Be Baptized." The theological analysis deals strictly with the covenantal view of infant baptism - the author does not address the view that infant baptism actually creates faith such as the Lutherans believe. I don't find this omission to be a fault of the book; I find it necessary to keep the argument focused. A detailed examination of all the issues concering infant baptism would surely take up volumes. Suffice it to say that Jewett has successfully analyzed this particular category of infant baptism theology.
Starting with church history , Professor Jewett examines infant baptism back to the time of the Apostles examining sources and the defense of some of the best defenders of infant baptism like Joachim Jeremias. Then he moves on to theological questions concerning the covenant of grace, the definition of baptism in Reformed creeds, and the actual practice of baptism in Reformed tradition in their light. What he finds is: weak evidence for the Apostolic foundation of infant baptism and foundational inconsistencies between the definition of baptism given by the Reformers and their disciples and their practice of infant baptism.
Even if you disagree with Professor Jewett's conclusions this is a must read for baptists and paedobaptists who want to make sure they are true to the bible and the biblical principles of the Reformation.
First, I was put off by self-righteousness. Mr. Jewett keeps insisting on his humble desire for truth, but derides others as "cavalier," uncaring about truth and "shallow". For example at p. 48: "To argue [from household baptism] so that we need not so much as stop to ask if there were infants in those families specifically mentioned, reflects a cavalier indifference to the scrupulous, persevering quest for accuracy which is the humble guide to all truth." Who is he accusing of being indifferent to truth? Should Christians so speak evil of others?
The Apostle Paul made it clear that salvation under the Old Covenant, when infants were circumcised, was by faith: "circumcision is nothing, uncircumcision is nothing, but a new creation" (Galatians 6:15). Paedobaptist see baptism in the same light, or should do so in my view, without denying its importance. Salvation is still by faith. Adult converts should be baptized, as adult males were circumcized upon conversion, under the Old Covenant. Of course, paedobaptists also accept infant baptism, likening the practice to the circumcision of infants. Jewett finds error in this, but to be honest, his explanation is so obscure, I cannot follow it.Read more ›
The problem with this work is that Dr. Jewett makes conclusions where the evidence is not necessary conclusory. For instance, he analyzes history and concludes that infant baptism was not a practice of the apostles, yet such a concusion is just one INFERENCE that could be made after taking in all the evidence. However, it should be noted that such conclusions are probably the best that anyone could do in reaching a definitive answer to an age-old issue.
The reason for Dr. Jewett's approach is clearly that he has made his decision from the beginning. This book reads like he has already made his decision, and whatever it takes, he is GOING to push the round peg into a square hole.
However, I would highly recommend this book for two reasons. First, the sheer amount of research and information provided by the author is worth taking a look at. Second, his arguments will better help anyone to refine their thoughts, from either an experienced theologian or a novice.
My lone criticism of this book, other than I believe it reaches an incorrect conclusion, is that he should have tried to be more objective, and avoided any language that would indicate his view was already biased from the start.
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The definitive work in favor of credo-baptism from a Reformed perspective.Published 17 months ago by Joel Ellis
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