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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Linking Small Children with Infants in the Theology of Baptizing

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In a previous article, "Indifierentism and Rigorism,"11 argued that we

should baptize small children who give a credible profession of faith in

Christ. Since Christian faith is primarily trust rather than intellectual mastery,

even a young child can give a credible profession. In judging what is

credible leaders must take into account the capacities of the one who is

expressing faith.


As a result of change among both baptists and paedobaptists, we may

hope to see some degree of rapprochement. But undeniable differences still

remain. What, now, is to be done with very young infants before they can

talk, or shortly after they speak their first words? We still have a troubling

question here.


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