This is an essential small-book for understanding the complexities of infant baptism, but also a good exploration of the anglican understanding and theology of baptism more generally, certainly within the evangelical context.

Growing up in “chapel”, we only practised believer’s baptism, but obviously since being an Anglican (and being an ordained minister who baptises children) it has become even more important to me that I gain a good, robust understanding of infant baptism.

This book has solidified some of my convictions surrounding baptism and has led me to have a stricter policy on the preparation of those seeking baptism for their children. You can read about that here in relation to children receiving Holy Communion.

Whilst some may find this a dry book, it has looks of theological insight into infant baptism and how infant baptism isn’t contrary to scripture. I would certainly recommend all anglicans to read it, but also those finding themselves in an anglican church with a different church background or upbringing.

Book Review: The Anglican Evangelical Doctrine of Infant BaptismThe Anglican Evangelical Doctrine of Infant Baptism by John Stott
Published by Latimer Trust on 2008
Genres: Religion, Christianity, Anglican, Christian Rituals & Practice, Sacraments, Christian Theology, Soteriology
Pages: 60
Format: Paperback
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The subject of infant baptism is undoubtedly a delicate and difficult one ... But this must not make members of the Church of England shrink from holding decided opinions on the subject. That church has declared plainly in its Articles that 'the baptism of young children is in any wise to be retained, as most agreeable with the institution of Christ.' To this opinion we need not be afraid to adhere." J. C. Ryle This book aims to help Anglican Evangelicals recover that same gracious yet unashamed confidence shown by Bishop Ryle in the nineteenth century. The authors defend biblically the doctrine of infant baptism and its proper evangelical practice within the Church of England. They expound a covenantal understanding which has impeccable evangelical credentials in order to reassure a new generation of Anglican Evangelical 'paedobaptists' that theirs is no new or peculiar doctrine, and to persuade those who may not have fully appreciated the Reformed heritage we in the Church of England enjoy. Dr. John R. W. Stott CBE is Rector Emeritus of All Souls, Langham Place in London and over the last 60 years has been one of the most influential leaders of evangelicalism worldwide. Dr. J. Alec Motyer is the former Principal of Trinity College, Bristol, and was for many years incumbent of St. Luke's, West Hampstead and later minister of Christ Church, Westbourne Lee Gatiss is Associate Minister of St. Helen's Bishopsgate and Editor of The Theologian (www.theologian.org.uk).

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