Baptism Through the Centuries
Baptism Through the Centuries
By Henry F. Brown

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“Many tribes and races practice some kind of initiatory rites.  Admission into the tribe, consecration to the priesthood, or attainment of adulthood may be the occasion for such ceremonies.”

So begins this fascinating look at the history of baptism.  Throughout the history of the Christian faith, baptism has been viewed as significant.  But considerable debate has taken place regarding the actual details: who should be baptized, what the ritual means, and the process of the baptism itself.

Chapters cover non-Christian tribal rituals, baptism in the early church, infant baptism, and sprinkling and pouring versus immersion.  This book is an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in church history and the gradual progression of its practices and teachings.