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Children of the Promise , The Biblical Case for Infant Baptism

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In his ten-year ministry, he had put off studying the topic of baptism. Then the Baptist pastor felt his heart sink as he began to see how Scripture challenged his long-held beliefs. What would prompt him to change his views- and find great encouragement in the doctrine of infant baptism? Are there good biblical reasons to baptize the children of believers? What does the B ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Presbyterian and Reformed (first published November 1995)
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Paul
Okay introduction to a basic, maybe even naive, stance on paedobaptism. This won't convince any baptists worth their salt. And paedobaptists will need more than this if they're going to have a position that can withstand the tougher theological challenges that can be brought to bear against our doctrine. (And, it gets a bit tiring reading that all credobaptists are crypto dispensationalists.) Besides that, Booth writes in a conversational tone. He employs good imagery as well. Oh, and who out th ...more
Matthew Hodge
Read this one a couple of times back when I was younger and wanting to work through the infant baptism issue. Probably the best single-volume introduction to the pro-infant baptism side of the argument I've ever seen.

What makes it particularly effective is that Booth used to be a Baptist pastor until he changed his mind theologically on this issue and had to switch. So the book is written for his Baptist friends explaining why he made the switch and how to think through the issue. His book is v
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Philip
Makes a strong case against Dispensationalism in it's effort to argue for Paedobaptism, but unfortunately doesn't really address other alternatives.
Peter B.
Booth does a good job laying down the biblical and covenantal basis for infant and household baptism.
Joshua
In Children of the Promise Robert Booth does a good job of showing why dispensationalism is an incorrect theology from a biblical point of view. However, his assumption that all Baptists are dispensationalists is misplaced and therefore he never addressed any of the questions from a Baptist who believes in a single covenant of grace. When dealing with dispensationalism he used lots of scripture, and yet when he moved to the actual issue of infant baptism it was mostly based on the logic of "if t ...more
Lacie
I won’t get into all of the theological and practical insights this book provided (which were numerous), but I will just briefly mention the three things that most impressed me as I read this book:

1. The importance of studying the whole word of God, not just isolated portions when studying this, or any, doctrine. This is so important, and yet we usually pull our little “proof-texts” and run with them. I found that Mr. Booth did an excellent job interpreting scripture with scripture in his argume
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Husseyhousehold
Aug 23, 2008 Husseyhousehold rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone curious why you ought to baptize your children
Recommended to Husseyhousehold by: Dr. Frank Walker, Dr. Chuck McIlheney
When I went to seminary at City Seminary of Sacramento, CA, I comforted my wife with the statement: "Don't worry, I won't let these men brainwash me into believing infant baptism."

I was right. Partially.

I didn't come to conclude that infant baptism was right until I looked in on the matter further, in depth, and really when I dug into the Scriptures. There have been some teachers, however, like Mr. Booth (former Baptist preacher), who helped point me to the Scriptures and take a second glance at
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Brittany
So, my Pastor lent me this book because I wanted to do some research on baptism. Well, "wanted to" isn't quite the right phrase, but having no excuses not to I thought I'd better.

I began the book with a skeptical eye, notebook in hand to record questions I had and arguments I had as they arose. The first chapter, compiled with other minor situations in life, made me feel troubled, because the author was so humble and sincere. And I felt confused and frustrated, wondering why God would conceal Hi
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Wade
Randy gave me this book several years ago, which was prior to me moving to the church he was pastoring in Texarkana.

When I read it, I happened to be going to a Southern Baptist church, but I was not a Southern Baptist. I was raised in the western Roman Church, so I had a sitgma about infant baptism which mostly boiled down to "If the catholics do it, we're against it.". You can see the flaws in that logic.

Regardless, I read this book many times and my mind was convinced, but my heart was not th
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Jessica
began this book with a lot of emotion and digging my heels in to resist. This book MUST be read with a mind of at least wanting to understand why people (mostly of the reformed tradition) would want to baptize their young children and infants. This comes from a covental point of view which is simply amazing. It is well worth the read to expand knowledge on the subject of baptism or if you want to understand why friends or family would choose to baptize their little ones, like me. It's VERY diff ...more
Joel Griffis
A well put together case. Didn’t push me over the edge or anything, but I still enjoyed it.
Eric Molicki
Best book on the Biblical case for why children should be baptized.
Logan
Excellent treatment of infant baptism from a covenantal perspective.
Matt Carpenter
This book is a clear, plain look at the reasons why the author believes in infant baptism. It is written from a Presbyterian perspective (as compared with the Roman Catholic and Lutheran perspectives). It is pastoral and down-to-earth, no intense parsing of Greek verbs or detailed linguistic studies. If you want to know why a conservative Presbyterian believes it is important to baptize infants, this is a great place to start.
Won Ho Kim
A solid defense of the Reformed doctrine of infant baptism. Also a good introduction to covenant theology. Contains a lot of helpful illustrations to help bring home the abstract doctrines. One drawback: I found the book to be a bit repetitive. Definitely worth reading, especially if you don't believe that the debate about infant baptism is important.
Kevin
A brief study on paedo-baptism and it's biblical support, given specifically for those who were or are reformed Baptist. It's a great study with a lot of material presented in a very understandable way. If anyone has questions on these issues, this is the first book that I would give them.
Shawn
Great book.
Tim Miller
Feb 27, 2010 Tim Miller rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: christians
One of the best and most biblical books I've read concerning the unity of the bible and Baptism. I would most certainly recommend this book to anyone uncertain about of wishing to know why some people believe the children of believers should be baptised.
Chris Comis
Good intro to the whole debate over infant baptism. This was one of the first paedobaptist books I ever read, and I was fairly convinced after reading it.
Jacob Aitken
Okay introduction to paedobaptism. Does a better job in explaining what paedobaptism is rather than in specifically critiquing baptist theology.
Leila
Great book! It really laid out the Presbyterian view well and backs it with Scripture.
I strongly recommend it for all my Baptist friends. ;-)
Bill
I had been reading and wrestling with covenant theology for nearly two years when I read this book. I found it very helpful.
Abe Goolsby
I personally didn't find it quite as compelling as Doug Wilson's To a Thousand Generations but still very good.
James
Especially good for gently teaching this doctrine to Baptist (read it when i was one)
Lanny
The little dialogues at the beginning of each chapter drive me crazy.
Josh Weekly
Helped me fully "get" baptism.
Rachel
Review coming soon...
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Pastor Randy Booth has been an ordained minister for 25 years. He has been married to his wife Marinell for 34 years, and they have three grown and married children and five grandchildren. Pastor Booth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history and psychology, and has completed graduate studies in philosophy and apologetics. He is the director of Covenant Media Foundation, and is the author of
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