- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed; First edition (1 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0875523439
- ISBN-13: 978-0875523439
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 0.9 x 20.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 819,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Christian Baptism Paperback – 1 Jul 2012
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About the Author
Scott Murray is a code artist who writes software to create data visualizations and other interactive phenomena. His work incorporates elements of interaction design, systems design, and generative art. Scott is an Assistant Professor of Design at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches data visualization and interaction design. He is a contributor to Processing, and he teaches workshops on creative coding. Scott earned an A.B. from Vassar College and an M.F.A. from the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His work can be seen at alignedleft.com.
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The only problem with this book is the use of Greek and Hebrew letters in the discussion about the meanings of words in regard to what baptism is and is not. I have a very rudimentary understanding of Greek pronunciation, and no idea how to pronounce Hebrew letters. This was highly distracting while trying to follow a fairly complex arguement. I would like to see an edition of this book with English pronunications inserted after the Greek and Hebrew words.
Although I am not thoroughly convinced infant baptism is the way to go this book gave me a lot to ponder as I turn my sights on the last leg of this journey to find out what to do regarding my children.
But in this work, he was unable to clearly make his case because of inherent tensions in his presentation.
Chapter 2 on the Mode of Baptism was perfect and extremely convincing. But when he gets to chapter three on the Church, he undermines the entire case of his book by his inability to properly classify the state of the Church. I don't think John Murray had a wrong view of the Church, but I don't think he was able to explain his views in such a short space. He referred to the "Invisible" and "Visible" Church several times and then said he didn't like those words, and that they weren't really scriptural. Much of the book was him wrestling against those terms with nothing to replace them with. This carried over into the other chapters, such as the one on Infant Baptism. You can see in this book how many of the tensions or unclear points of his theology were later sorted out and expounded upon (rightly or wrongly) by Professor Norman Shepard and Doug Wilson.
But none the less, he makes a decent case for Infant Baptism. But his thesis and entire book is overshadowed by the confusion regarding the Visible and Invisible Church. In addition, he gives a very unlikely exegesis of Romans 6.
(NOTE: This is my second review of this book and my oppinion of it has increased dramatically since reading it the first time. This book shines where so many fall.)