Infant Baptism -- By: Horatio B. Hackett
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The passages in the New Testament, which have been mainly relied on as proving the existence of infant baptism in the time of the Apostles, are Acts 16:15; 18:8; and I Corinthians 1:16. No decision in Biblical criticism, not absolutely unanimous, can be considered as better established at the present time, than that of the utter insufficiency of these passages to prove, or to justify the practice referred to, as an Apostolic institution. The following testimonies of men, who are admitted to possess the highest authority in regard to inquiries of this nature, may be taken as representing the attitude in which this subject now stands, as viewed in the light which the present state of Biblical learning has shed upon it. It gives weight to these testimonies, that they proceed from men whose ecclesiastical position would naturally dispose them to adopt a different view; who belong to a church that practices infant baptism, and who, for the most part, contend that it is proper to adhere to it, notwithstanding their acknowledgment that the usage has no Scriptural warrant.
Meyer (H. A. W.), in his Commentary on the Acts, remarks On 16:15 as follows:
Appeal is made to this passage, to 18:8 and I Corinthians 1:16, in order to prove the custom of infant baptism in the Apostolic age, or, at least, to
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show its probability; but without reason. For that the baptism of children was not in use at that time
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