The washing of regeneration: baptismal theology among ministerial candidates in the Presbyterian Church in America
Craig R Higgins
This study examines the baptismal theology of those who are preparing for ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church in America. Biblical exegesis demonstrates that baptism, though multivalent, is the rite of entrance into the new community established by the redeeming work of Christ. An historical survey of the Reformed tradition, giving special attention to the work of John Calvin and the documents of the Westminster Assembly, concludes that the Reformed tradition has held to a highly developed baptismal theology, seeing the sacrament not as a mere symbol but as an instrumental means of grace. Baptismal theology has, however, become a source of debate and division, often focused on the question of "baptismal regeneration." This thesis asserts that the church can move beyond these debates by the renewal of a rich, instrumental baptismal theology--a renewal essential to the church's missional identity.
Degree Granting Institution
Dean R Ulrich
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