A couple of young people who occasionally drive from Williamsburg to attend our church, recently asked me to recommend some books on a confessional perspective on believer’s baptism by immersion, as they are studying the issue of credobaptism versus paedobaptism. Here are five suggestions (listed in chronological order by the year published) with a few annotations:
- John L. Dagg, Manual of Church Order (The Southern Baptist Publication Society, 1858; Gano Books, 1990).
This is the companion volume to Dagg’s Manual of Theology(1857). It provides a classic defense of believers’ baptism by immersion (pp. 13-73). Special focus is given to the linguistic argument regarding the verb baptizo with references to its uses in ancient Greek.
- Fred Malone, A String of Pearls Unstrung (Founders Press, 1998).
This booklet, originally written in 1977, describes the author’s transition from being a Presbyterian to being a Baptist. It can be read online here. For a fuller treatment on the subject of baptism you can also read his book, The Baptism of Disciples Alone: A covenantal argument for credobaptism versus paedobaptism (Founders Press, 2003).
- Samuel E. Waldron, Biblical Baptism: A Reformed Defense of Believers’ Baptism (Truth for Eternity Ministries, 1998).
This 80 page booklet from a leading contemporary Reformed Baptist systematic theologian provides a careful exegetical, theological, and practical discussion of baptism.
- Hal Brunson, The Rickety Bridge and the Broken Mirror: Two Parables of Paedobaptism and One Parable of the Death of Christ (iUniverse, 2007).
This self-published book from a former Southern Baptist who considered becoming a Presbyterian but who eventually became a confessional Baptist offers a creative take on the topic by imagining a discussion between the Presbyterian B. B. Warfield, the dispensationalist J. N. Darby, and the confessional Baptist C. H. Spurgeon.
- W. Gary Crampton, From Paedobaptism to Credobaptism: A Critique of the Westminster Standards on the Subjects of Baptism (Reformed Baptist Academic Press, 2010).
A pastor and scholar describes his transition from the Presbyterian to the confessional Baptist position through a study of the Westminster Standards. For my written review of this book look here (for the same review in audio look here).
Jeffrey T. Riddle, Pastor Christ Reformed Baptist Church Charlottesville, Virginia www.jeffriddle.net .