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ON

BAPTISM.

INFANT BAPTISM VINDICATED,

AND

DIFFERENT MODES

OF

EQUAL VALIDITY.

BY ROBERT H. CONKLIN.

ROCHESTER :

PULISHED BY ALLING, SEYMOUR & CO.
P. Canficld, Printer, under the Museum.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1846

: BY ROBERT H. CONKLIN, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Northern District

of New York.

Tappan Prest. Ase

3-7-1932

PREFACE.

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This volume is offered to the Christian public, not only in compliance with the advice and counsel of many distinguished gospel ministers of different fath and order ; but also from the honest conviction, that, as the subject is presented in a somewhat new and original light, and peculiarly adapted to every class of readers, it will be useful in the church of Christ as a “ Text Book on BAPTISM.” It goes into the world with the humble prayer of the author, that it may be useful—that it may enlighten the ignorant-guide the erring—confirin and establish in truth the doubting-strengthen the weak, and contribute to restore the entire christian church to apostolic faith and practice. It is designed not as a substitute for the many valuable treatises already in circulation ; but as an auxiliary-a kindred, fellow laborer“ Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints."

That this volume will experience the common ordeal, to which theological controversy is subjected, is possible : nor does the author plead any “exemption act,” in his own behalf, or beg an unmolested passage for his work. He simply claims such Christian courtesy and candor, as a generous opponent always bestows: He asks a patient, prayerful examination of the arguments submitted for the consideration of the reader, before rebuke is administered, or condemnation pronounced.

The author has availed himself of standard writers on both sides of the question ; and has frequently quoted such authorities. He has endeavored faithfully and impartially to exhibit authorities, when presented, either by quoting the substance, or language; and if injustice has been done to any, correction will be gratefully acknowledged.

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