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American Baptismal Sacramentalism?. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1905847
  • May 2009
  • Region: United States
  • 288 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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The key to restoring the uniqueness of Baptism for
Southern Baptists
resides in using the tension between the burgeoning
revival of
British baptismal sacramentalism and the
long-standing suspicion
toward “all things sacramental” among American
Baptists in order to
understand and advance traditional baptismal
distinctiveness. The
book first develops a baptismal typology by
evaluating the various
differences between the 5 models of Reformation
Roman Catholic Efficacy, Luther’s Inauguration,
Calvin’s Seal,
Zwingli’s Symbol-Only, and the Anabaptists’
Faith-Baptism. It then
examines the unified voice of American Baptists
intent on retaining
anti-sacramental language and theology. American
Baptists tend to
follow an Anabaptist view of Baptism—namely “a
testimony of faith.”
In Great Britain, however, Baptists are more open to
use sacramental
language and many have embraced a refined version of
Baptism” very similar to that proposed by the American
Restorationist tradition. The book champions a
“sacred theology of
Baptism” and interprets it as “an ordained sign with

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Christopher, Moody.
Dr. Christopher Moody pastors the First Baptist Church of
Beaumont, TX, and is an
adjunct professor of Systematic Theology at Liberty Baptist
Theological Seminary in
Lynchburg, VA. He earned a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary
in Dallas, TX, and
a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary, Ft.
Worth, TX.

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