Baptism and Justification: A Methodist Understanding

Baptism and Justification: A Methodist Understanding Ecclesiology 4 (2008) 289–307 www.brill.nl/ecso ECCLESIOLOGY © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/174553108X341288 Baptism and Justifi cation: A Methodist Understanding 1 Sarah Heaner Lancaster Methodist Th eological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio, USA slancaster@mtso.edu Abstract Th e association of the Methodists with the Roman Catholic and Lutheran Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justifi cation was a signifi cant ecumenical event. Th e Methodist Statement that allowed this agreement, though, does not include a descrip- tion of the connection between baptism and justifi cation. Th is paper examines John Wesley’s understandings of baptism and justifi cation to suggest a way that they may be held together in Methodist theology. Th e Methodist practice of infant baptism stands in tension with an understanding of justifi cation built on the model of adult conver- sion experience, and this tension is found in Wesley’s own work. It is possible, though, to fi nd in the way Wesley engaged certain questions some indications of how baptism and justifi cation may be both connected and distinguished in order to display a fl exi- ble understanding of God’s ongoing work in human life. Key words John Wesley, Methodist, baptism, justifi http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecclesiology Brill

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BRILL
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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1744-1366
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1745-5316
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10.1163/174553108X341288
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Ecclesiology 4 (2008) 289–307 www.brill.nl/ecso ECCLESIOLOGY © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/174553108X341288 Baptism and Justifi cation: A Methodist Understanding 1 Sarah Heaner Lancaster Methodist Th eological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio, USA slancaster@mtso.edu Abstract Th e association of the Methodists with the Roman Catholic and Lutheran Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justifi cation was a signifi cant ecumenical event. Th e Methodist Statement that allowed this agreement, though, does not include a descrip- tion of the connection between baptism and justifi cation. Th is paper examines John Wesley’s understandings of baptism and justifi cation to suggest a way that they may be held together in Methodist theology. Th e Methodist practice of infant baptism stands in tension with an understanding of justifi cation built on the model of adult conver- sion experience, and this tension is found in Wesley’s own work. It is possible, though, to fi nd in the way Wesley engaged certain questions some indications of how baptism and justifi cation may be both connected and distinguished in order to display a fl exi- ble understanding of God’s ongoing work in human life. Key words John Wesley, Methodist, baptism, justifi

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EcclesiologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: JUSTIFICATION; BAPTISM; METHODIST; JOHN WESLEY

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