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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Burns & Oates (19 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441118489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441118486
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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In this wide-ranging, wise and engagingly written book, Fr Radcliffe initially deals with many of the practical questions that people ask about Baptism, and then proceeds to discuss not only the various elements of the baptismal liturgy, but also the nature and challenge of the Christian vocation. In doing so he displays a deep understanding of sacramental theology, but also a deep compassion and pastoral concern for people. He has a broad and inclusive approach, finding support for his position in the Gospels as well as Church teaching, and is always clear-sighted and honest. --Spirituality

About the Author

Timothy Radcliffe was Master of The Dominican Order. He is the winner of the 2007 Michael Ramsey prize for theological writing for his book What is the Point of Being a Christian? He lives in Oxford but spends much of his year giving retreats, lectures and conference key-note addresses in the UK and overseas.


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Another excellent book from Timothy Radcliffe. Although written from the Roman Catholic viewpoint, it has also so much in common with Anglican Theology and Teaching. A very helpful book for any who are involved in baptism preparation.
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Really useful for anyone trying to reflect upon Confirmation, and especially for the non-expert who is trying to explore and reflect upon Baptism and Confirmation.

I have learned so much, and have gone back and back to this text to re-read and ponder. I am sure that there is a lot there that I haven't even begun to understand, but this a book that can be read and re-read for life, and it will continue to feed the spirit.
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I run a faith sharing group. We had finished Why do we go to church? Luckily before we got to the end, He brought out this one.it is as readable and packed with information and his sense of humour.
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The latest book by the brilliant Dominican writer.

He is writing about Baptism and Confirmation and points out that baptism is more important than priestly ordination.
Pope Francis would agree.
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A helpful and well written book. However, it's worth being aware that it is shaped around the Roman Catholic liturgy, and as an Anglican ordinand having to write about baptism within the Church of England context, I found that this makes the book less than ideal as a text to draw on in a college essay, as some of it clearly doesn't fit with the the way the baptismal service is structured in Common Worship.
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There appears to be more Christian literature around than ever before at the moment. I don't know whether this is a response to Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion", which has meant that Christian writers and publishers have increased their outputs, or because I'm noticing it more. Timothy Radcliffe's ''Take the Plunge'' is taking a more or less opposite view to that of Dawkins, exploring the importance of baptism in everyday life and arguing that there is no aspect of life that cannot be touched if you are baptised and therefore living with faith.

Radcliffe talks about all aspects of life and how important faith and baptism are to them. From the moment of birth there is not a moment in life that cannot be improved if you are living it with God. Radcliffe sees baptism as the first step along a life of faith that will be with you until death. He sees this as a way to avoid many of the pitfalls of modern living; rejection and fear of death among them. Although he mostly applies this to the modern world, he notes that Christians have been setting themselves apart from secular society by baptism since the days of the earliest church in Roman times.

Interestingly, although a brief mention of it opens each chapter, the main focus here is not on the baptismal act itself. Radcliffe prefers to talk about the effects of the baptism on the believer and how the faith that prompts the act will seep into all areas of life. Given that the baptismal act is only a brief moment in a person's life, this widening of scope is necessary to avoid what could have been a very short book and opens it up to a wider audience.

My first surprise in reading the book was how accessible the writing style was.
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I very rarely read a book twice in quick succession but found this book so relevant, spiritually stimulating and enjoyable that I had to read it again so as not to miss vital points and to help me recall them. I have bought it for three friends & recommended it to many more.
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A well-written and illuminating work that gave me much food for thought and delight when I had thought it. This will be a close companion in my library.
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