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Formulary Friday: the Anglican doctrine of infant baptism

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 13 Mar 2015

A talk on the Anglican doctrine of infant baptism by Lee Gatiss, from the recent Fellowship of Word & Spirit conference.

The Fellowship of Word & Spirit conference this year was devoted to the subject of the sacraments. I was asked to speak on infant baptism from an Anglican perspective, and you can listen to or download that talk above.

Some of the quotes I used from Thomas Cranmer can be found in a previous Topical Tuesday post here. It is important to note the very clear covenantal basis for infant baptism in the Anglican tradition, which Cranmer taught and other commentators have noted. Covenant is not just a Presbyterian idea—far from it!

I speak about this in the talk, as well as looking at the wider case for infant baptism. I also expand it in more detail (with footnotes and everything!) in a short book called From Life’s First Cry, available very cheaply for Kindle and Kindle apps. I also make reference in the talk to an article on “The Anglican Doctrine of Baptism”, which can be found here.

Revd Dr Lee Gatiss is the Director of Church Society

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