Go Make Learners:
A New Model for Discipleship in the Church
by Robert Brow
The titles, publishers, and dates of publication of books referred to in the
text appear in the footnotes at the end of each chapter. The following brief
bibliography sets out, according to first dates of publication, highlights of
the discussion in its modern form. Only English translations are listed.
- 1938 - Emil Brunner forced modern scholars into the debate by questioning the
practice of infant baptism.
Truth as Encounter. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1964.
- 1943 - Karl Barth argued against infant baptism in the Reformed tradition.
The Teaching of the Church regarding Baptism. London: SCM Press, 1948.
- 1948 - Oscar Cullmann counterattacked Barth, using the ideas of family
solidarity and the argument from circumcision.
Baptism in the New Testament. London: SCM Press, 1950.
- 1950 - Pierre Charles Marcel wrote what I take to be the best defense of infant
baptism from the Reformed covenant theology viewpoint.
The Biblical Doctrine of Infant Baptism. London: James Clarke & Co., 1953.
- 1951 - G. W. H. Lampe successfully began the attack on the Anglican view that
baptism had to be completed by confirmation.
The Seal of the Spirit, 2nd ed. London: SPCK, 1967.
- 1952 - John Murray used similar arguments to Marcel in Christian
Baptism. Philadelphia: Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1952.
- 1958 - Joachim Jeremias set out the inscriptional evidence for infant baptism
and arguments from Jewish practice.
Infant Baptism in the First Four Centuries. London: SCM Press, 1960.
- 1961 - Kurt Aland attacked many of Jeremias' conclusions.
Did the Early Church Baptize Infants? London: SCM Press, 1963.
- 1962 - G. R. Beasley-Murray wrote the classic Baptist defense of believers'
baptism, but admitted the fact of the strong instrumental nature of the rite.
Baptism in the New Testament. London: Macmillan & Co., 1962.
- 1970 - James D. G. Dunn successfully showed the important connection of baptism
with the Holy Spirit, but viewed baptism as symbolic, a stimulus to faith.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit. London: SCM Press, 1970.
- 1972 - Colin O. Buchanan wrote a small but important statement of infant
baptism from the Anglican point of view taking a rigorist view that at least
one parent must be a communicant practising Christian.
Baptismal Discipline, rev. ed. Bramcote, Notts.: Grove Books, Booklet
No. 3, 1974.
- 1973 - Colin O. Buchanan set out A Case for Infant Baptism, Grove Books,
Booklet No. 20, 1974.
- 1974 - David Pawson and Colin Buchanan argued the Baptist response in Infant
Baptism Under Cross-Examination. Grove Books, Booklet No. 24, 1974.
- 1978 - Paul K. Jewett vigorously attacked the Reformed arguments for infant
baptism, and gave a very useful bibliography.
Infant Baptism and the Covenant of Grace. Grand Rapids, Michigan:
William B. Eerdmans, 1978.
- 1978 - Ian Stuchbery set out infant baptism in the context of a parish
education program, insights from the charismatic movement, and with much of the
feel of new developments in Canada.
Growing in Christ: New Patterns of Initiation and Education in the Parish
Community. Toronto: Anglican Book Centre, 1978.
- 1979 - Geoffrey W. Bromiley's Children of Promise: The Case for Baptizing
Infants, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans, is a much revised and
improved edition of a previous book. The argument is in the same tradition as
Gabriel Marcel and John Murray (see above).
- 1980 - Anthony C. Thiselton's The Two Horizons: New Testament Hermeneutics
and Philosophical Description with Special Reference to Heidegger, Bultmann,
Gadamer, and Wittgenstein. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans,
1980, was received too late for inclusion within the text. Thiselton documents the hermeneutical revolution that is already affecting New Testament studies as a result of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1953 and subsequent editions. My Discipleship model depends on the many different meanings of the words "faith" and "believing" (see chapter 5). In his book, Thiselton explains the method used, in a section called "Polymorphous Concepts" (pages 407-427).