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Baptism and the Kingdom: Lessons from Luke-Acts for a Post-Christendom Church

Thompson, Geoffrey (2016) Baptism and the Kingdom: Lessons from Luke-Acts for a Post-Christendom Church. International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, 16 (4). pp. 273-287. ISSN 1474-225X

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    Attempts to reform baptismal practice are characteristic of both dual-practice and credobaptist churches. Such reforms of baptism are frequently discussed within contours shaped by the concept of sacrament and the discourse it has generated. This paper proposes, with reference to Luke-Acts, that the meaning of baptism can be illuminated in alternative ways by reference to its relationship to the kingdom of God. Whilst not an anti-sacramental argument, it proposes that elements of the theology of baptism can be constructively pursued by reference to the explicit and implicit links Luke makes between baptism and the kingdom. By so drawing on Luke-Acts, the agency of the church (in addition to that of the baptisand and God) can be given particular attention. This leads, in turn, to a proposal for an ecclesial posture of both intentionality and vulnerability to attend baptismal practice.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): baptism, sacrament, sacramentality, Luke-Acts, post-Christendom, kingdom of God
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Church History
    Association with University of Divinity: PTC: Pilgrim Theological College
    Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
    Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2017 12:17
    Last Modified: 10 Apr 2017 12:22
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2259

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