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Seeking Hospitable Discourse on the Sacrament of Baptism



Not salvation but spirituality gives a hospitable rationale for the practice of baptism. On the basis of Luther's theology of grace and justification (Large Catechism) and the purpose of sacraments as stated in the Lutheran confessional texts (Augsburg Confession), Lutheran sacramental theology today can re-adjust its language about the “necessity” of baptism and consider its hospitable interpretation and practice.