Turning the Tide on Baptismal Indifference: Some Thoughts on the Teaching of Baptism with Anthony Cross

Dr. Anthony R. Cross, a historian at Oxford University and an ordained Baptist minister, offers a personal reflection on the ways that he has taught baptism to students and congregations when the majority of ministers and churches are generally indifferent to baptism, both in the New Testament and the contemporary church.

Dr Anthony R. Cross is a historian and theologian, a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford, and an ordained Baptist minister. He has taught theology and church history at Oxford University, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, and the University of Roehampton in London, as well as lecturing in Britain, Europe, and North America. A specialist on the theology and practice of baptism, particularly understood as a sacrament, he has published Baptism and the Baptists (2000), and Recovering the Evangelical Sacrament (2013), and with Brian Haymes and Ruth Gouldbourne, On Being the Church (2008), as well as editing eighteen volumes, and contributing chapters to numerous books and journal articles. At present he is working on several historical-theological monographs on the necessity of theology in ministerial training, on the role played by theology in the reception of the Evangelical Revival among eighteenth-century Baptists, and the place of baptism among the earliest Baptists.

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