Christian Initiation

By Geoffrey Wainwright

A penetrating study of the debate over baptism, tracing a path from New Testament theology to a modern ecumenical approach.

ISBN: 9780227170489


Tracing the issues arising from the New Testament in the traditions of the churches, Wainwright provides an ecumenical conspectus of the continuous debate on Christian baptism. He surveys the positions of different churches on baptism and confirmation, and relates them to the New Testament treatment. He shows that the New Testament’s apparent favouring of different views of the relation between grace and faith in baptism provides a basis for an ecumenical pattern of Christian initiation.

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Dimensions216 × 140 mm

Hardback, Paperback

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About the Author

The Reverend Geoffrey Wainwright was born in 1939. He is a British Methodist minister and was educated at the Universities of Cambridge, Geneva and the Waldensian Faculty of Theology in Rome (Italy). He was Professor of Dogmatics at the Faculté de Théologie Protestante at Yaoundé, Cameroon Republic. Later he taught in Birmingham and New York (USA).

He is also the author of Eucharist and Eschatology, Doxology, Worship with One Accord and For Our Salvation: Two Approaches to the Work of Christ.



I. The New Testament Theology of Initiation
II. Initiation Ancient and Eastern
III. Initiation Medieval and Western
IV. Believers’ Baptism
V. Initiation and Unity
VI. Initiation and Mission