A Dissertation (Classic Reprint)

William Maskell


A Dissertation (Classic Reprint) - William Maskell

Excerpt from A Dissertation

The term Baptism, Baptisma, signifies various modes of washing, including always the idea of purification when joined with the mention of water; and it may be taken in any of the senses in which we employ the terms, "lavatio," "tinctio," "ablutio," or the like: nor is it to be denied that principally it is to be understood of that kind of "washing," which is performed by immersion.

The anabaptists contended that the word, to baptize, necessarily includes dipping or immersion; from whence it would follow, that our Saviour, commanding us to baptize, has commanded us to dip. This has been shewn by many writers to be altogether incorrect, and untrue.

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