This tremendous collection of classic works on baptism presents the history, biblical testimony, and systematic treatment on this topic of perennial importance from eminent scholars and pastors on each side of the debate. What is the biblical mode of baptism: immersion, sprinkling, pouring, or dipping. Or do several find warrant in Scripture? Should Christians practice trine immersion, sprinkling, or pouring? Who are the proper subjects of baptism: only professing adults, or also believers’ children? What is the biblical origin of baptism, and can precursors be found in the Old Testament? What is the significance of baptism: is it a memorial, a sign and seal; does it regenerate? How does all this fit together into a coherent doctrine of baptism? All these questions and more are answered in this remarkable collection. The value of these volumes is enhanced by the fact that many of them reference and interact with each other, giving this collection a dialogic quality that allows you to trace the classic debates on baptism from each view’s leading representatives. The usefulness of these cross-references is maximized by the Logos editions, which allow you to pull up citations between works with a click.
Several works offer multivolume treatments of baptism and all its related topics for a comprehensive overview and orientation, such as William Wall’s massive four-volume The History of Infant Baptism and Abraham Booth’s three-volume Paedobaptism Examined. Other volumes focus on specific issues within the study of baptism, such as its proper mode, subjects, and baptismal regeneration. And others offer in-depth historical analyses of baptism, which trace the development of the doctrine and practice from its earliest precursors up to the modern times. These include works such as A Question in Baptist History, in which former SBTS president William Heth Whitsitt presents historical evidence that, before 1641, Baptists did not immerse, but practiced sprinkling and pouring. For other volumes, the purpose is to analyze the various views of baptism and present the most biblically sound and historically grounded understanding of the ordinance, often from authors who themselves changed from one view to another after diligent study that they now share with their readers.
In the Logos editions, these valuable volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture and ancient-text citations link directly to English translations and original-language texts, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches with the Topic Guide to instantly gather relevant biblical texts and resources, enabling you to jump into the conversation with the foremost scholars on baptism and its biblical, historical, and theological background. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place so you get the most out of your study.
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