Justin Taylor has recently posted Lig Duncan’s view on paedobaptism in an attempt to give the paedobaptist view a credible hearing I suppose. As can be naturally expected his post has brought with it a long stream of comments batting about the issue of baptism from the two differing perspectives. Everyone has their arsenal loaded with their favourite books that disprove this or that theory and they throw them at each other. Everyone states how they moved, in their own thinking, from one position to another.
So instead of weighing in to that stream of comments I thought I’d post here on my own opinions on the subject. It would just be wrong if I didn’t weigh in with my credentials! So I was a baptist, even worked for a baptist church – now I’m an Anglican and a sympathizer with the paedobaptist view (how’s those credentials?). The piece of literature that helped me most in my shift in thinking was this article by Dennis Johnson, who like me moved from a baptist to a paedobaptist position. Since reading the article a number of my colleagues have cemented my thinking on the subject. In all of it though I found the article most convincing – even more so than Lig Duncan’s article.
To me the issue comes down to the discontinuity/continuity debate – wherever you draw your line on that issue is where you’re going to draw your line on the baptism issue – the baptism is just a subset of the bigger debate. Anyway – read the article and see what you think.