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Karen B. Westerfield Tucker

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195126983

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019512698X.001.0001

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The Rites of Christian Initiation

The Rites of Christian Initiation

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(p.82) 4 The Rites of Christian Initiation
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American Methodist Worship
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Karen B. Westerfield Tucker (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019512698X.003.0004

Tensions occur when a church practices infant baptism but also expects personal faith or even an experience of conversion from its members. Methodists in America struggled theologically with the meaning and purpose of baptism for both infants and adults, especially regarding the issues of original sin, baptismal regeneration, and the connection between baptism and church membership. The theological positions reached on the sacrament were often honed from controversies with other Christians, who pressed the Methodists regarding the subjects and modes of baptism. Methodist baptismal rites saw significant alterations, and new rites related to Christian initiation developed for membership, confirmation, and baptismal renewal.

Keywords:   adults, baptism, baptismal regeneration, baptismal rites, Christian initiation, church membership, confirmation, conversion, infants, original sin, sacrament

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