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John OwenFrom Life's First Cry
John Owen on Infant Baptism and Infant Salvation

by Lee Gatiss

What did the great puritan theologian John Owen (1616- 1683) teach about infant baptism and infant salvation? Are his arguments scriptural and relevant for today when many consider infant baptism to be merely a remnant of un-reformed Catholicism, and may never even consider the issue of whether infants can be saved?

Lee Gatiss examines Owen's little tract Of Infant Baptism in its historical context, but with an eye on whether it has biblical warrant and power to persaude. Interacting with the modern debates surrounding infant baptism amongst evangelicals, this is a recording of the 2008 St. Antholin's Lecture, made available here exclusively and for the very first time.

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From Life's First Cry: John Owen on Infant Baptism and Infant Salvation

This talk is 15 MB and lasts 66 minutes, inlcuding questions at the end.

Lee GatissAbout the Author

Lee Gatiss is the Editor of Theologian. A much more developed and fully documented version of this lecture was published (along with Owen's text and other appendices) by the Latimer Trust on behalf of the St. Antholin's Lectureship Charity Trustees. It can be purchased here.