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Bibil Identifier bibil:223902
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Christian Baptism As Seen by Outsiders: Julian the Apostate As an Example
Author Sandnes, Karl Olav
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 66, Issue: 5)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 503-526 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract How did ancient pagan intellectuals look upon Christian baptism? The aim of the present article is to provide such an outsider's perspective. This serves a double purpose: to depict pagan critique of Christian faith and baptism in particular, but also to see if this critique in any way mirrors contemporary baptismal theology and practice. Julian the Emperor has two texts wherein baptism is addressed at some length. The claim that sins and mischief could simply be washed away by merely being immersed in a bath was appalling to him. The simplicity involved in Christian baptism was offensive. The only true remedy for a sick soul was the exercise provided for by the toil of Greek education. Julian's critique mirrors fundamental convictions held by Christians on baptism, which may be summarised in the word of grace.
DOI 10.1163/157007212X635849
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : History and Civilization : Julian (361-363)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Baptism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : History and Civilization : Attitude Toward Christians/Christianity
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