Baptism in the Christian Community

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Baptism has always held an important place in Christian religious life. Many people, even those who rarely go to church or have lost their faith, still wish to have their children baptized. But tradition does not necessarily justify the continued existence of this sacrament in a modern conception of Christianity. Insights into the process of incarnation, birth and baptism, or observations and experiences concerning the effect and meaning of the sacraments in a Christian community, can lead to a conscious decision to have a child baptized. – Here we arrive at an important question: May we make decisions for a child that is not yet capable of his own decision-making? Obviously, he cannot understand what is entailed. Should we not go back to adult baptism? To find the answers we have to look more closely at the source and development of Christian baptism. – Contents: 1. Why Baptism? Baptizing small children. Preparations 2. Godparents and their task. Looking for godparents 4. The form of the service and the substances used 5. The Christian Community. Church and membership 6. The influence of Baptism in everyday life 1. Why Baptism? Baptizing small children. Preparations

ISBN: 9780863150265

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Weight2.4 oz
Dimensions5.3 x 0.2 x 8.5 in

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Eva Reirman


December 1985