Saturday, March 03, 2007

The Political Significance of Baptism

Read Peter Leithart's posts here, here, and here.

Here's the upshot:

Three points: First, the fact that the Reformers retained infant baptism is a sign of their continuity (with revisions) with the medieval vision of Christendom. Second, the claim that modern politics is "Anabaptist" in inspiration is not metaphorical, but a strictly historical judgment. Third, politically, we are all (or virtually all) Anabaptists now, and the intervention of the Anabaptist outlook makes it virtually impossible for us to grasp the political and cultural significance of baptism meant prior to the 16th century.

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