Too Young to Dunk? An Examination of Baptists and Baptismal Ages, 1700–1840

“With the help of William Buell Sprague’s Annals of the American Baptist Pulpit, I can examine the accounts of 45 baptisms from 1700 to 1840. Hopefully, this will provide useful insights into how children relate to the church and, perhaps more to the point, when they should be put forward for baptism.” - 9 Marks


A solid„ thought-provoking article. This would remedy many of our current problems with unconverted church members who made a child-hood profession of faith, and were baptized as young children.

In my early years of ministry, I kept a large cement block in our baptistry for the small children whose feet could not touch bottom with their heads out of the water. I have long since repented of this folly.

G. N. Barkman