Infant Baptism is discussed and argued about quite a bit in some circles. I, of course, was raised Baptist and taught that Infant Baptism was a man-made tradition invented by the heretical Catholics who abandoned the Word of God to follow ill-advised tradition.
(Picture: My granddaughter Elizabeth Arabella Rose Ray is baptized.)
But not all Protestants reject Infant Baptism. My favorite theologian during my later years as an Evangelical Protestant was Dr. Francis Schaeffer. He actually wrote a booklet on Infant Baptism. Granted, they do not accept the full Catholic understanding, but they did teach and practice infant baptism. Another author that I read was R. C. Sproul.
Protestant Reformed theologian R. C. Sproul writes, “The first direct mention of infant baptism is around the middle of the second century A.D. What is noteworthy about this reference is that it assumes infant baptism to be the universal practice of the church. If infant baptism were not the practice of the first-century church, how and why did this departure from orthodoxy happen so fast and so pervasively?
“Not only was the spread rapid and universal, the extant literature from that time does not reflect any controversy concerning the issue. . . . Those who dispute the validity of infant baptism make it less inclusive with respect to children, despite the absence of any biblical prohibition against infant baptism” (Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, [Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1992], 228).
For my simple article on Infant Baptism, click here. For my blog on Baptism in general, click here. The whole middle section of my book Crossing the Tiber goes into the biblical and early Church teaching and practice of baptism, including that of infants.
Morning: Spirit Catholic Radio: 1 Peter 4 at 9:10 Eastern. We discuss Good Stewards of God’s Grace; Suffering as a Christian.
Evening: ”St. Paul tells us to ‘Run the Race’” on Catholic Answers Live at 6:00 PM
Questions I answered on Catholic Answers Live tonight. I will post the link to listen on-line or to download as a podcast – as soon as the links are available.
1. St. Paul speaks rather strongly regarding women’s participation in the liturgy. How do we read his comments about women participating in the Mass, especially regarding lectors and altar servers?
2. I am a catechist for our RCIA program. We have many Protestant converts coming into the Church. One question I often get is this: “Did St. Paul consider himself to be “saved”?
3. When Paul wrote to the Romans, (e.g., Romans 3:28) he said we are saved by faith and not by works. Our Protestant brethren use this verse to counter Catholic teaching. How do we understand what Paul taught in Romans and Galatians?
4. According to Fr. Barron, after St. Paul’s conversion he disappeared for three years and went to Arabia. Do you think this really happened and if so, where is that in the Bible? Why did he go there?
5. Do you think Paul’s letters were written for a different time or are they still applicable to us in the modern world?
6. My mother just passed away on Sunday and I am setting up her Memorial Mass. Is there a particular scripture passage from St. Paul that I can have read at Mass that focuses on running the good race and the resurrection? I want to help reach my non-believing family members.
7. When St. Paul was struck down on the road to Damascus Jesus said, “Why are you persecuting Me?’ Does that mean that people that persecute Catholics and the Church today are actually doing it against Jesus?
My friend Karen from New Hampshire wrote:
The Family Center has just kicked off a Family Rosary Pledge Campaign! Our aim is to get 1,000 + families to pledge to say the Rosary together weekly – we want this to spread world-wide! I’ve got my son on it at the International Theological Institute – he has many international friends and contacts and is working on getting pledge cards and info translated into various languages.
Very excited and confident in the power of Family Rosaries being prayed! http://rosarypledge.com/