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Friday, October 14, 2005

Rich Lusk on Paedofaith/ M.F. Sadler

A friend and former colleague of mine, The Rev'd Rich Lusk, has recently had a new book published on paedofaith. Here is what the book is dealing with:
At what point is it reasonable to suggest that a covenant child has faith? When she can articulate the gospel? When he can explain the concept of justification? Only after they have gone through an extended period where their faith is tested and proven to be real faith? Or is the capacity for faith directly linked to a certain age or level of maturity?

The Scriptures indicate that we can be confident that our children have faith from the womb and that we can expect that faith to flower and bloom throughout their life by God's grace.

What is the nature of such faith? From where does it come and what do the Scriptures have to say about it? How can anyone say that an infant has the capacity for faith?

In this book, Rich Lusk answers these questions and more, giving hope to Christian parents that their little ones do indeed belong to Christ and have the capacity to trust Him.

Another book that needs to be read and reviewed is M.F. Sadler's book Second Adam and the New Birth. This book is an outstanding biblical theology of baptism and one that every Anglican should read as well as those who subscribe to paedobaptism and the theology that is behind children's place in the Church.

You can order both of these books from Athanasius Press. It's a great time to start buying Christmas presents and these are two that every stocking should carry this year!

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