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  • 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
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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

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Very clear reasoning for his views on a subject that is not always clear to many Christians.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Appropriate for people wanting to learn about baptism and Christian parents with infants/children 10 Jan. 2015
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So glad I discovered this book! I wanted to know more about the subject of baptism, specifically about the mode of baptism (sprinkle or immersion?) and infant baptism (commanded by God or no?). I was raised believing one way and then in high school, I switched to a church that thought another. So since then, the subject of baptism has been a bit hazy for me until I read this book. Theologian John Murray lays it out somewhat simply (some of the Hebrew word references got confusing and some parts were a bit wordy) as he supports his views with multiple Scriptural references and other reputable theologians' references (i.e., John Calvin). While I may not thoroughly understand all of what he said, I walked away from Christian Baptism with greater knowledge of what baptism and infant baptism is and how it applies to the Christian and the Church.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of baptism and defense of infant baptism 17 Oct. 2006
By M. J. Keel - Published on
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In my search for what to believe about the what, why, how, and whom of baptism this book was most helpful. Murry gives the fullest, most bible-based explanation of baptism I have read to date. He systematically addresses all the pertinent issues using scripture as his base with helpful footnotes explaining what various creeds and theologians have said as well. His defense of infant baptism is grounded in the covenants of the Old Testament carried through a close examination of Acts and the New Testament letters.

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.

Highly recommended.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tension in his presentation. 24 Jun. 2012
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John Murray is without a doubt one of the greatest theologians of all time, and certainly this past century.
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Baptism by John Murray 20 Oct. 2010
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I read this book at Covenant Theological Seminary when I was working on my Master of Divinity degree. I'm now serving as a pastor in Pearland, Texas as Faith Community Church. The book was excellent and provided a thorough answer to those who are against infant baptism. Dr. Murray's discussion on the concept of abrogation is worth buying the book. His grasp of the issues and solid appeal to careful study of relevant Hebrew and Greek terms is very helpful. This book convinced me not to become a baptist because it gave a convincing case for infant baptism and modes beyond immersion. I highly recommend this book for those trying to establish a Biblical understanding of the subject.
14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christian Baptism: Maybe 31 May 2001
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This book was a short review of the Presbyterian view of baptism at the turn of the century. The primary purpose of the book was to defend their doctrine against baptist doctrines. The biggest problem with this book is that it is so out of date, that it contradicts some of the current teachings of a most of the Presbyterian churches today. Second of all, John Murray's arguments are very verbose and miss applied/ circular logic making it hard to read at times. But this has to be the best book around at presenting the antibaptist view of baptism.
(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.)
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