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Paedobaptism is the practice of baptising infants. The Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Churches, Coptic and Oriental Orthodox Churches, Lutheran Churches, Anglican and Episcopal Churches baptise infants. Credobaptism, or adult baptism, is the practice of baptising only believers. Baptists and Anabaptists, as well as many nondenominational ...


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You will probably find different denominations have a slightly different flavour to this answer. To put my cards on the table, I come at this from an Anglican perspective. My first point would be, what do credobaptists think is going on in communion and how is that different to paedobaptists? Most of the credobaptists I know, if I understand correctly, do ...


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What is the earliest explicit mention of infant baptism? It seems that St. Irenaeus (202 AD) is the earliest to reference to the practice of infant baptism. In 185 AD, he wrote the following: Irenaeus, c. A.D. 185: He came to save all through means of Himself—all … who through Him are born again* to God—infants, and children, and boys, and youths, and old ...


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John Knox, the leader of the Reformation in Scotland, wrote to Calvin in 1559, asking for his view on whether it be lawful to admit to the Sacrament of Baptism the children of idolators and excommunicated persons before their parents have testified their repentance. In reply Calvin said he had consulted colleagues in Geneva and all were agreed. God's ...


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There are various passages in the New Testament and early Christian writers which have been interpreted to imply or support infant baptism. However, since you ask for explicit mentions, I'm going focus on ones that are unambiguous. Irenaeaus of Lyon's Against Heresies 2:22:4 hangs on the meaning of "born again" in his era. The first unambiguous discussion ...


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Was Infant Baptism practiced before the development of the idea of Original Sin? Ultimately it is not possible to historically know for with any great amount of surety as the two seem to be based on very little historical documents as well as the interpretation on a few choice passages of Sacred Scripture. It does seem that the two developed at the same ...


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The Early Church did not teach original Sin in the way that Augustine did (That we are doomed because of the Sin of Adam unless we are baptized). Infant baptism is just the recognition that humanity needs a savior due to the Fall (but the will of humanity was not taught to be doomed in the Augustinian sense); I'm going to quote some fathers from an ...


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