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Infant Baptism in Reformation Geneva: The Shaping of a Community, 1536-1564 [Paperback]

By Karen E. Spierling (Author)
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This book examines beliefs, practices, and arguments surrounding infant baptism in Geneva during the time of John Calvin (1509 - 1564). Spierling studies several facets of Calvins theology of baptism, including its impact on the formation of community; its doctrine and liturgy; its role in the raising of children; and the parts played by parents, ministers, godparents, and midwives in the practice of baptism. The book also highlights some of the controversies surrounding baptism in the sixteenth century, most notably the tension between Calvins theology of baptism and that of the Roman Catholic Church.

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This book examines beliefs, practices, and arguments surrounding infant baptism in Geneva during the time of John Calvin. Karen Spierling studies several facets of Calvin's theology of baptism, including its impact on the formation of community; its doctrine and liturgy; its role in the raising of children; and the parts played by parents, ministers, godparents, and midwives in the practice of baptism. This book also highlights some of the controversies surrounding baptism in the sixteenth century, most notably the tension between Calvin's theology of baptism and that of the Roman Catholic Church.

From Publishers Weekly
This book grew out of questions generated at a Web site that management consultant Beale organized to communicate the ideas of Polkinghorne (Faith, Science, and Understanding), a physicist and Anglican priest, who maintains that science and religion are complementary modes of thought. It organizes selected questions under seven topics. Each question is followed by the responses of Beale and Polkinghorne, sometimes as a single answer and sometimes by the authors individually. Its three appendixes (Anthropic Fine-Tuning, Brain and Consciousness and Evolution) are substantial, constituting a third of the book, although they repeat some material from earlier chapters. True to the books subtitle, not all of the dialogue includes science, such as How much do you need to believe to be a Christian? and What place do non-Christians have in Gods universe? While many of the questions and the authors answers are informed by Christian assumptions, topics such as human consciousness and suffering are of universal interest.Many readers will welcome this accessible format, but some may find the blurring of science and theology confusing. (Jan.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Infant Baptism in Reformation Geneva: The Shaping of a Community, 1536-1564 by Karen E. Spierling has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 11/10/2008


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Westminster John Knox
Pages   253
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 27, 2009
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Pr
ISBN  0664233414  
ISBN13  9780664233419  


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