In the early centuries of the church, there were several debates surrounding the baptism of heretics and its efficacy. A church council under Cyprian of Carthage on this topic stated in the 3rd century: Primus of Misgirpa said: I decide, that every man who comes to us from heresy must be baptized. For in vain … Continue reading Confirmation: One Lord, One Faith… One Baptism?
Alithia: Pray inform me in the next place about the third sacrament, which is generally named ConfirmationJohn Wcliffe. Trialogus. Book 4: Chapter 12. On Confirmation The Proto-Reformer John Wycliffe wrote about his beliefs in a number of different places but most comprehensive was in his work 'Trialogus'. In the 4th book he writes 30 chapters … Continue reading John Wycliffe on Confirmation
Introduction Having looked at Baptism I am left with a number of impressions. On the one hand we hear everyone who is saved is baptised. On the other hand not everyone who is baptised is saved. What is more is that baptism takes a panoply of forms. It can be in the ark of Noah, … Continue reading On Baptism and it’s timing. Part Four: Conclusion
Introduction In the last entry, I covered for opening half millennium of the church regarding its position on the timing of the baptism. My conclusion, having looked at various sources, was that conversion, following catechism, was the normative time for baptism. The ritual and process for both developed considerably over the opening centuries but this … Continue reading On Baptism and it’s timing. Part Three: Witness of History