Infant Baptism
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Infant Baptism
Infant Baptism. Although from the first *Baptism was the universal means of entry into the Christian community, the NT contains no specific authority for its administration to infants. But by a tradition at least as old as the 3rd cent., and virtually universal until the *Reformation, children born
The Lutheran Cyclopedia
Unbaptized Children
Unbaptized Children. “We teach that baptism, as the ordinary sacrament of initiation, and the means of regeneration, is necessary for regeneration and salvation to all without exception, even to the children of believers; yet, meanwhile, that, in case of deprivation or of impossibility, the children
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Antipædo-Baptists.—A term designating one who objects to infant baptism. In this sense, the term has been sometimes applied to the sect known as Baptists, in this country and elsewhere.
Catabaptists.—Name of heretics, who, like the Socinians, denied original sin, and consequently rejected the sacrament of baptism, especially of children, and maintained that it had only a power to excite faith.
Pocket Dictionary of Church History: Over 300 Terms Clearly and Concisely Defined
paedobaptism. Derived from the Latin for “infant baptism,” paedobaptism is the practice of numerous Christian groups, including Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, *Anglicans and Methodists, and is contrasted with *believers’ baptism, the doctrine held by Baptist and *Anabaptist
Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship
Baby Dedication
baby dedication. A *rite of initiation for newborns/infants and their parents, usually performed by the *minister during corporate worship. It is often practiced by those churches that do not perform infant baptism (see baptism, infant), with emphasis on the parents’ commitment to raise the child in
Baptism, Infant
baptism, infant. The application of the *rite of *baptism to infants and small children. Scriptural support for this position is of two kinds. First, baptism of small children is analogous to Jewish circumcision (Col 2:11–12), both rites being entrances into their respective religions. Second, Jesus
Dictionary of Theological Terms
PaedobaptismFrom the Greek paidion, “a young child, or infant”; infant baptism. At the time of the Reformation, Anabaptists* rejected paedobaptism, while the Reformed churches, believing it to be a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, argued that Scripture warranted the baptism of the children of
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Infant Baptism
INFANT BAPTISM Rite of initiation performed on infants born into Christian families, also called “paedobaptism.” While there is no explicit record of infant baptism in the NT, it was an established practice in the church by the third century.The significance of infant baptism is varied among the several
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Baptism, Infant
Baptism, Infant. In a missionary situation the first subjects of baptism are always converts. But throughout Christian history, attested as early as Irenaeus and Origen with reference back to the apostles, children of professing believers have also been baptized—not solely on grounds of tradition but
Key passages
Ac 16:15

And after she was baptized, and her household, she urged us, saying, “If you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

Ac 16:33

And he took them at that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and he himself was baptized at once, and all those of his household.

Ac 18:8

And Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord together with his whole household. And many of the Corinthians, when they heard about it, believed and were baptized.

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