The Sacrament of Baptism among the First Baptists

The Sacrament of Baptism among the First BaptistsDr. Anthony R. Cross (Oxford University). With a response by Dr. Doug Foster (Abilene Christian University).  Presented as a CHARIS lecture on October 13, 2015. Abilene Christian University.

“Baptismal sacramentalism continues to generate considerable interest, and often polarized views, among Baptists. With reference to the original documents, this lecture demonstrates definitively that many of the first Baptists understood baptism in sacramental terms.”

Dr. Anthony R. Cross is a historian and theologian, a member of the faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and an ordained Baptist minister. He has taught theology and church history at Oxford University, Regent’s Park College, and the University of Roehampton in London, as well as lectured in Britain, Europe, and North America. A specialist on the theology and practice of baptism, particularly understood as a sacrament, he has published Recovering the Evangelical Sacrament (2013).

John B. Weaver is the Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology at the Brown Library of Abilene Christian University. He teaches New Testament in the College of Biblical Studies at ACU, and Church History in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
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Author:  Publish Date: October 21, 2015

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