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From the earliest days of Christianity, baptism has been a foundational act of faith for the believing community. Although churches may (and do) disagree about whether infants should or shouldn't be baptized, about whether baptism should be by qimmersionq or qpouring, q and about other doctrinal details-all would agree that baptism mattered to early Christians and still matters. And yet for all too many, baptism remains a ritual hardly understood, and one that seems to lack relevance for the lives we lead from day to day. Here is a book that delves into the mystery, brings understanding, and connects the qwater and Wordq of baptism to the tragedies and triumphs of daily life. With good humor, sound scholarship, and down-to-earth common sense, Martin Marty demonstrates how baptism can be qusedq from day to day in a vibrant life of faith.A Usera#39;s Guide Martin E. Marty ... Early in the years of the ecumenical movement, theologians grew tired of being told that if all communions simply followed the Bible they would all be one. ... secular, off-putting, a good advertisement for remaining casual about books like this that aspire to be helpful and clear about baptism.

Author: Martin E. Marty
Publisher:Augsburg Books -

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