Linking Small Children with Infants in the Theology of Baptizing

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  • Linking Small Children with Infants in the Theology of Baptizing

    VERN SHERIDAN POVTHRESS

    In a previous article, "Indifierentism and Rigorism,"11 argued that we
    should baptize small children who give a credible profession of faith in
    Christ. Since Christian faith is primarily trust rather than intellectual mastery,
    even a young child can give a credible profession. In judging what is
    credible leaders must take into account the capacities of the one who is
    expressing faith.

    As a result of change among both baptists and paedobaptists, we may
    hope to see some degree of rapprochement. But undeniable differences still
    remain. What, now, is to be done with very young infants before they can
    talk, or shortly after they speak their first words? We still have a troubling
    question here.

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