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Linking Small Children with Infants in the Theology of Baptizing

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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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