Origen (~248) – It’s superfluous to baptize infants if it’s not to remit their sins.

If there were nothing in infants which required the remission of sins and nothing in them pertinent to forgiveness, the grace of baptism would seem superfluous. ~Origen

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Was Calvin’s Doctrine of Baptism In Line With The Early Church Fathers? A Response to The New Geneva Podcast

Yesterday on The New Geneva podcast, Angela and Tony had Dr. David Hall on the show to discuss various topics from John Calvin's "Institutes of the Christian Religion". The section which I would like to discuss begins around 27:10 into the show. I will quote a couple of statements in my response and the full …

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Tertullian on Traditions Which Are Not In Scripture

In this post, I want to demonstrate how Tertullian (who was writing in the books cited here around the years 200-201) viewed how practices in the earlier church led to traditions and subsequently to customs which would continue. These practices may or may not have been prescribed for us directly in Scripture but as he …

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Tertullian (~200): Baptism Should Be In Enough Water for Immersion

And accordingly it makes no difference whether a man be washed in a sea or a pool, a stream or a fount, a lake or a trough; nor is there any distinction between those whom John baptized in the Jordan and those whom Peter baptized in the Tiber, unless withal the eunuch whom Philip baptized …

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Tertullian (~200): Children should not be baptized until they can ask for salvation themselves

And so, according to the circumstances and disposition, and even age, of each individual, the delay of baptism is preferable; principally, however, in the case of little children. For why is it necessary — if (baptism itself) is not so necessary — that the sponsors likewise should be thrust into danger? Who both themselves, by …

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The Didache (~150): Baptism is by Immersion and for Converts

And concerning baptism, baptize this way: Having first said all these things, baptize into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19 in living water. But if you have not living water, baptize into other water; and if you can not in cold, in warm. But if …

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