Trajectories through the New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers

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The Apostolic Fathers and Infant Baptism:
Any Advance on the Obscurity of the New
Testament?

David F. Wright

The hugely influential Faith and Order Paper on Baptism, Eucharist and
Ministry
, published in 1982, put the issue as follows:

While the possibility that infant baptism was also practised in the apostolic age cannot
be excluded, baptism upon personal profession of faith is the most clearly attested
pattern in the New Testament documents.1

A dozen years later the massive Catechism of the Catholic Church struck a similar note:

There is explicit testimony to this practice [of infant baptism] from the second
century on, and it is quite possible that, from the beginning of the apostolic preaching,
when whole ‘households’ received Baptism, infants may also have been baptized.2

The phrases ‘cannot be excluded’ and ‘quite possible’ are a far cry from the maximalist certainties of Joachim Jeremias and of the Church of Scotland’s Special Commission on Baptism in the 1950s and 1960s.3 Ever since the sixteenth century, the onus probandi has probably rested on those affirming the first-century or apostolic origins of infant baptism, rather than on those who reject this claim. For more than one reason, the position which Jeremias espoused so stalwartly has within the last few decades become more difficult

1 Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry, Faith and Order Paper 111 (Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1982), 4 (‘Baptism’, 11).

2 Catechism of the Catholic Church (London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1994), 284 (§ 1252).

3 J. Jeremias, Infant Baptism in the First Four Centuries (London: SCM Press, 1960). The German original appeared in 1958. The Scottish Special Commission laboured during 1953–63 under the convenorship of Thomas F. Torrance, who wrote most of the voluminous reports. It remains probably the most comprehensive investigation of baptism, especially in its theological aspects, ever undertaken. For details see D. F. Wright, ‘Baptism’, in Nigel M. de S. Cameron et al. (eds.), Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1993), 57–8.

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