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Excellent overview of Christian baptism Aug 27, 2008
Michael Green offers a cogent, simply explained overview of Christian baptism that includes perspectives from the Catholic, protestant and pentecostal views. This book provides what are the basic underpinnings of the act of water baptism and what pentecostals call the baptism of the Spirit.
Green looks at the differing points of view and provides pros and cons for each of them while always supplying the Biblical and traditional applications. Most importantly, Green emphasizes the meaning of baptism--mainly that it is an act indicative of God's act of providing for forgiveness of sins and salvation for people. It recognizes the work of Jesus on the cross on behalf of people and not peoples' work on behalf of Jesus.
His objective explanations of differing doctrines are helpful and instructive. He also includes his beliefs regarding baptism. He includes an in-depth discussion on infant baptism and the arguments for and against it. He discusses the idea of being baptized in the Holy Spirit in addition to water baptism and also at the idea of being re-baptized as an adult.
As he offers opposing view points, the book is thoughtful and objective. It ultimately provides all of the basics regarding baptism. It is instructive for parents, pastors and any Christians wanting to learn more about baptism for personal reflection or teaching. If you are wanting to make a decision about infant baptism or re-baptism, this is an excellent resource.
Craig Stephans, author of Shakespeare On Spirituality: Life-Changing Wisdom from Shakespeare's Plays