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Bibil Identifier bibil:223410
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Everett Ferguson's Baptism in the Early Church: A Liturgical Appraisal
Author Senn, Frank C.
Journal Journal of Early Christian Studies (Volume: 20, Issue: 3)
Reviewed book Baptism in the Early Church
Response article Response to Contributors
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 439-455 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay analyzes Everett Ferguson's massive study of Baptism in the Early Church using questions from the catechetical tradition: what is baptism? what are its benefits? how can water do such great things? what is the significance of such a bathing? why does the church baptize infants? These questions get at the phenomenological, theological, ritual, liturgical, and pastoral issues in baptism. I consider baptism to be an extended ritual process of initiation rather than as a discrete ritual act. I question Ferguson's view about submersion in ancient baptismal practice and offer a wider view of the ancient church's practice of infant baptism.
DOI 10.1353/earl.2012.0022
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Baptism
Genres Review Article
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