Religion: For Adults Only?

Last week the best-known Baptist in the world, Evangelist Billy Graham, was in a controversy with some members of his own church over what they considered his un-Baptist views on baptism.

The fundamental distinguishing belief of Baptists is that baptism should be administered only to believers as a sign and symbol of their conversion—not as a means of grace, or cleansing from sin, or a setting apart, as with other forms of Christianity. The corollary to the Baptist tenet is that infants are too young to believe and therefore must not be baptized. Yet in an interview in the biweekly Lutheran Standard,...

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