It should be noted that Catholics like Bryan Cross accept some beliefs that were widely absent or rejected in scripture and/or among the church fathers. Some of those beliefs are more absent or rejected than a non-justificatory view of baptism. There's a lot of evidence for justification apart from baptism in scripture, and there were some people in the patristic era who rejected baptismal justification. The Biblical evidence has been significant enough to motivate many Catholics to argue for widespread exceptions to baptismal justification in the Bible, even among individuals in scripture who could easily have been baptized before being justified. I discussed issues like these with Bryan Cross and some other Catholics in another thread at Called To Communion. It's a lengthy discussion, but I cite a large amount of Biblical and patristic evidence that's often neglected.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Early Christian Opposition To Baptismal Justification
I haven't been posting much lately, since I've been working on some other things, so I've been late in responding to some of the discussions that have been taking place. Since my link below might be helpful to some readers, I want to repost something I said in the comments section of a thread below. This was written in response to Steve Hays' comments on Bryan Cross' view of baptism: