Quote of the day: Richard Heyduck on free will and infant baptism

One who practices the baptism of infants cannot logically claim the freedom of the will or individual autonomy as the deepest truth about us.


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8 Replies to “Quote of the day: Richard Heyduck on free will and infant baptism”

  1. While I think I gather the thrust of the quote, I also think that free will and infant baptism depends on the purpose of the baptism, and one’s view of depravity and original sin.

    I don’t know that I have heard anyone say that free will is the deepest truth about us, so I am somewhat perplexed as to that premise.

  2. One could just as easily argue that subjection to Christian indoctrination from early childhood likewise undermines a person’s “freedom of the will or individual autonomy.”

    As a result, perhaps the “opium of the people,” as Marx famously labeled religion, should be kept away from children, even taxed, like alcohol and tobacco – or, the case of Colorado, marijuana.

    On the other hand, society could ban religion. However, as the disastrous Soviet experiment proved, that doesn’t work very well.

  3. Ludicrous.
    Christ has free human will and was brought into the covenant by infant circumcision, just as all the Jews. The NT says baptism is the circumcision of Christ. We are not saved alone, it is covenantal.

    1. Wait, I think I’m misreading. I think infant baptism smacks down individualism in salvation, but does not negate free will.

  4. It’s not clear to me how anyone who claims “Christ is Lord” (and therefore practices baptism of any sort) can claim that freedom of the will is our deepest truth.

  5. Interestingly enough, the free will versus predestination debate in Christianity has a counterpart in the secular world that may have far reaching implications.

    While much of Western law is predicated on failure to obey legal precepts being a choice, neuroscience research is dismantling at least some of those a priori assumptions. Simply put, some people’s brains may be wired differently.

    If nothing arises to disprove the ongoing brain research, the results may completely dismantle the underpinnings of Western civilization.

    in turn, this could have a profound effect on theology. It may turn out that Calvin was right – howbeit for all the wrong reasons.

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