From Life’s First Cry: John Owen on Infant Baptism and Infant Salvation

In a context of great controversy, puritan theologian John Owen (1616-1683) wrote a rationale for covenantal infant baptism. He defines the question carefully, and sets about proving his case with biblical and theological arguments designed to counter the attack made on the practice by influential antipaedobaptists.

Throughout his exposition, Owen has his eye on the glory and honour of Christ which he perceives to be under threat if the children of believers are not given the sign of the covenant which Christ has confirmed. He seeks to defend not just a doctrine but the loving care God has for the church, which he felt was not always adequately appreciated.

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