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Becoming a Christian: Ecumenical Implications of Our Common Baptism
Best, Thomas F., ed.
WCC Publications, 1999
ISBN: 978-2-8254-1315-9


Varieties of baptismal practice today and fresh perspectives on the relation between baptism and Christian ethics.

Baptism, the birthright common to all Christians, is a cornerstone of the ecumenical movement. Continuing the dialogue among liturgists, theologians, church musicians and pastors begun in So We Believe, So We Pray (WCC, 1995), this book focuses on baptism in relation to the unity of the church, and calls the churches to draw the full implications for Christian unity of their "mutual recognition of baptism". Exploring patterns of baptismal practice today, it includes striking examples of inculturation from around the world. It also insists on the link between liturgy and life. An important resource for everyone concerned with baptism, worship, the life of the church and the ecumenical movement today.