Archive for September 29th, 2007
- In: baptism
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After his survey of the evidence for the practice of baptism in the Jewish literature of the second temple period, Lightfoot concludes:
For when Paedobaptism in the Jewish church was so known, usual, and frequent, in the admission of proselytes, that nothing almost was more known, usual, and frequent… there was no need to strengthen it with any precept, when baptism was now passed into an evangelical sacrament.
On the other hand, therefore, there was need of a plain and open prohibition, that infants and little children should not be baptized, if our Saviour would not have had them baptized. For, since it was most common, in all ages foregoing, that little children should be baptized, if Christ had been minded to have that custom abolished, he would have openly forbidden it. Therefore, his silence, and the silence of the Scripture in this matter, confirms Paedobaptism, and continueth it unto all ages.
- In: radio 4
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I was just listening to the News Quiz and giggling at one of the cuttings about a woman who took second prize in a cake competition for which she was the only entrant. It reminded me of something I heard on the Archive Hour a couple of years ago about a children’s poetry competition run by the Home Service during WWII. The terribly posh announcer explained that there had been several thousand entrants for this competition but not one of them had been considered good enough to win the prize! He even illustrated this point by reading out some of the poems and explaining why they were so bad.
Can you imagine anyone daring to do that today?! I thought it was wonderful.