I’m Thinking about Baptismal Regeneration as I Sit By the Fire

Because that’s the subject of this week’s QTH. It’s not really turning my crank this morning. I’m sitting at the cabin, next to the fire, surrounded by my kids. It’s our last weekend up here for the year. On Monday, the plumber will come and blow out the pipes, we’ll pour antifreeze down the toilets, put out mouse poison, and lock it up till next Spring. Between now and Monday, I hope to bag a wild turkey — we’ve got about a dozen roaming our land. Plus a couple ducks, if the weather cooperates.

As I think about the metaphysics around regeneration, here are a couple items of possible interest:

- We’ve announced that Joshua DuBois, President Obama’s top faith advisor for years, is speaking at Christianity21.

- On that topic, Deb Arca of Patheos interviewed me about the conference (and about the dust-up with Marcus Borg last week).

- Finally, I wrote a review of Sarah Cunningham’s new book for Red Letter Christians.

  • Craig

    Thinking about the psychology of regeneration experiences might be more productive.

  • Mark Kirschieper

    The topic doesn’t much move me much, either. The English word regeneration, is used only twice, in the NT, that being Matt. 19:28, and Titus 3:5. The Greek word is “palingenesia” (feminine noun, Strong’s #3824). If the context of both passages is carefully studied, seems like they actually speak to Christ’s resurrection. At the very least, “palingenesia” is certainly a Divine accomplishment, and has nothing to do with any meritorious human act, or decision. In my humble opinion, the Roman, Eastern Orthodox, Anglo-Catholic, and perhaps Lutheran traditions, have gone very far afield, trying to incorporate the notion of baptismal regeneration, into the entire concept of original sin, and an infant’s cleansing of it, via. some water ritual. Just a personal opinion.

  • Steven Kurtz

    Baptismal regeneration – is that the opposite of birth control for baptists? How could anyone object?


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