Baptism by Guy M. Richard: a Book Review
I've always grown up in the Baptist world. Because of that, I've never actually encountered and explored the arguments for infant baptism. After reading Baptism by Guy Richard, that has changed. But have my views on baptism?
First, I will say that I walked away with a greater appreciation of the infant baptism position. I grew in my understanding and even found some of it compelling. I could even make some of the connections Richard was attempting to make between Old and New Testaments.
What I didn't find convincing, however, were his arguments from Scripture. I found myself consistently writing notes that his arguments were reaching and making assumptions that just weren't there. While Richard would argue that Baptists assume things regarding baptism in the New Testament, it appeared to me that the assumptions made by the Presbyterian camp were much farther and wider.
One thing I hadn’t considered, but was swayed by Richard’s argument is that the meaning of baptism has far greater weight than the mode. Richard paints a compelling case that the mode is not always made clear in Scripture, but the meaning is certainly emphasized. I appreciate that emphasis and was thoroughly swayed by the argument (however, I still think we should immerse believers whenever possible).
Ultimately, I was not convinced on the position of infant baptism, but I did enjoy getting to explore the topic and hear better arguments for it than I’ve heard before. I think, if anything, we should seek to genuinely understand the position of those we disagree with so Richard’s book serves well in that way.
You can pick up your copy of Baptism on Amazon.