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The theology of the sacraments is one of the most contested parts in Barth’s theology, none more so than the doctrine of baptism. Barth’s proposals on baptism have generated intense conversation and disagreement, not only on its application to Protestant and ecumenical theology but even on its own consistency with Barth’s larger dogmatic project. McMaken takes up this controversial question, sets it in its proper context within the history of doctrine and Barth’s systematic work, and argues for a constructive reclamation of infant baptism that accords with Barth’s overarching theological concerns and insights, notably from Barth’s mature theological commitments. Pivotally, this volume claims that a reorientation of the doctrine of baptism opens up a new perspective on the practice of infant baptism on the basis of Barth’s theology; this new perspective, as well, holds the potential for wide, ecumenical application as a form of the proclamation of the gospel and a vital dimension of the church’s missional vocation. A commanding volume for scholars and students in systematic theology, ecumenical studies, and sacramental theology.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1. Baptism and Infant Baptism from the New Testament through Barth
  2. pp. 7-58
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  1. 2. Election, Soteriology, and Barth's “No” to Sacramental Infant Baptism
  2. pp. 59-100
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  1. 3. Election, Circumcision, and Barth's “No” to Covenantal Infant Baptism
  2. pp. 101-150
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  1. 4. Barth’s Doctrine of Baptism: “The Foundation of the Christian Life”
  2. pp. 151-208
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  1. 5. “The Sign Of The Gospel”—Toward A Post-Barthian Doctrine Of Infant Baptism
  2. pp. 209-274
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 275-286
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 287-314
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  1. Index of Names and Subjects
  2. pp. 315-322
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  1. Index of Scriptural References
  2. pp. 323-324
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 338-338
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781451465372
Related ISBN
9780800699994
MARC Record
OCLC
852757977
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-17
Language
English
Open Access
No
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