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The Presbyterian Doctrine of Children in the Covenant: An Historical Study of the Significance of Infant Baptism in the Presbyterian Church

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contentsIntroduction by Frank A. James III1. The Historic Doctrine of the Presbyterian Church Concerning the Significance of Infant Baptism2. The Great Awakening and the Development of Revivalism3. The Threat of Revivalism to the Presbyterian Doctrine of Children in the Covenant4. The Defense of the Doctrine of Children in the Covenant5. The Resultant Confusion Concerning ...more
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Published July 3rd 2003 by P & R Publishing
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Corey
Jul 15, 2015 Corey rated it it was amazing
Yes.
Peter B.
Feb 12, 2015 Peter B. rated it it was amazing
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This was a very helpful book. My wife Melody and I read it together, and it made for good discussions. It begins by noting the confusion surrounding the significance of infant baptism among Presbyterians. While the mode and subjects of baptism are often discussed by Presbyterians, this is not so with the actual meaning and significance of baptism, especially when applied to children.

Schenck's thesis is that the historic doctrine of Calvin, the Reformation, and the Westminster standards has been
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Adam Ross
Feb 16, 2010 Adam Ross rated it really liked it
What a wonderful book. Originally written in 1940 and reprinted by P&R in 2003, this book documents the original position of the Protestant Reformers on how children of Christians should be viewed. This view, he concludes after an extensive historical survey, is that children of Christians in the historic Protestant tradition, are viewed as being in the covenant and presumed to be Christians until later in life they reveal themselves by their fruits to be otherwise, and that such children ...more
Edward Waverley
May 13, 2014 Edward Waverley marked it as to-read
"THE DOCTRINE OF COVENANT SUCCESSION IN REFORMED THEOLOGY

A major effort to offer just such an explanation was made by Lewis Bevens Schenck in a dissertation for Yale University, published in 1940 by the Yale University Press as The Presbyterian Doctrine of Children in the Covenant: An Historical Study of the Significance of Infant Baptism in the Presbyterian Church in America. It is a most valuable book, covering important ground not covered elsewhere. It is only further evidence of the problem
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Gary
Jul 07, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it
Argues convincingly that Revivalism has fundamentally changed how Presbyterians view conversion experiences, the place children have in Christ's Kingdom and the very importance of the church itself. It does so mainly by surveying the doctrine of children in the covenant from Calvin to the time of this book showing a major shift in our understanding and belief. It then looks at the Great Awakening in order to pinpoint the rough date of the sea change.

Passionately written but learned. A must for m
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Alex
"The Presbyterian Church has a glorious doctrine received through the medium of John Calvin and the Westminster Standards. Yet the church as a whole does not know it. The historic doctrine of the church concerning children in the covenant and the significance of infant baptism has been to a large extent secretly undermined, hidden by the intrusion of an aberration from this doctrine." (p158)

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William Sandell
Nov 16, 2015 William Sandell rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book showing the historical issues surrounding the doctrine of infant baptism within the American Presbyterian church. The debate over why Presbyterians baptized children is the central theme of the book and how a Presbyterian should view their children. Are they believers, non-believers, or something else? Schenck believes that the historic and correct view is for Presbyterians to see their children as saved in the same sense as an adult member of the church.
Matthew
Sep 13, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing
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This is one of my most favorite books, regardless of genre. But, especially anyone interested in learning more about the history of baptism in the Presbyterian Church, this is a must read and I hope it will influence how you think about baptism and our covenant children.
Peter N.
Dec 02, 2010 Peter N. rated it it was amazing
I found this book extremely helpful in explaining the current state of infant baptism in the church and the Baptist take over the last hundred years or so. Good read
Jacob
Jan 09, 2016 Jacob rated it liked it
I borrowed this from my pastor while exploring the Presbyterian view of baptism. Okay for understanding Presbyterian doctrine, but I seem to recall it relying much more on WCF than Scripture.
Jerry
Mar 14, 2009 Jerry rated it it was amazing
Too bad more presbys don't believe this stuff.
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Great picture of what Presbyterians used to believe (and some still do).
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