Strong Doctrine of Grace, Sweet Doctrine of Baptism

I love the following from Hughes Oliphant Old’s The Shaping of the Reformed Baptismal Rite in the Sixteenth Century (p. 139):

“At the very heart of the Protestant Reformation was the revival of Augustinian theology with its strong emphasis on the primacy of grace.  The Reformers believed that God took the initiative for humankind’s salvation.  In the light of such a strong doctrine of grace the baptism of infants was quite understandable.   In fact, the baptism of infants demonstrated very powerfully that our salvation rests not on any knowledge or work or experience or decision of our own, but entirely on the grace of God.”

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