This meticulously researched book recounts how the early sixteenth-century Reformers, steering a course between the old Latin rites on the one hand and the Anabaptist movement on the other, developed a baptismal service that they understood to be reformed according to Scripture. Hughes Oliphant Old's study shows the Reformed baptismal rite to be well thought out, pastorally sensitive, and theologically profound.
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Hughes Oliphant Old is John H. Leith Professor of Reformed Theology and Dean of the Institute for Reformed Worship at Erskine Theological Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina.
"Hughes Oliphant Old has given us undoubtedly the most comprehensive look at the roots of the theology and practice of baptism in the first generation of the Reformed movement. This work of his makes a significant contribution to the study of liturgy, a contribution that will be greatly appreciated by scholars of liturgy working in other traditions as well as students of the history and theology of the Reformed tradition. By masterfully bringing together largely inaccessible and difficult primary and secondary sources, Old has put this important chapter in the history of Christian worship within easy reach of the student, pastor, and scholar. He is an expert guide through the wildernesses of both Reformation-era worship and modern scholarly research of that period. His great gift is concise exposition and lucid interpretation, coupled with theological awareness and pastoral sensitivity. -Robert R. Redman Jr., Fuller Theological Seminary
"The Shaping of the Reformed Baptismal Rite in the Sixteenth Century is an indispensable resource. Hughes Old is without superior in his knowledge of the liturgies of the church. He writes not only with knowledge but also with conviction about the significance of baptism for Christian experience today." - John Leith, Union Theological Seminary