Debating Regeneration. From Baptismal Water to Seed of Rebirth.

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This article analyzes how sixteenth century Reformed theology explored the theme
of regeneration. In line with the traditional catholic treatment of regeneration,
a reading of Luther, Calvin, the Heidelberg Catechism and De Brès suggests that
regeneration is closely related to the sacrament of Baptism and the renewal of the
Christian life. The Canons of Dordt reflects on the “seed of regeneration”, thereby
shifting the focus to the beginnings of Gods saving work and reducing the interest
in the classical connection of regeneration and Baptism. This essay argues for a
renewed reflection on the classical view of regeneration linked to the sacrament of
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Landmark in Turbulent Times
Subtitle of host publicationThe Meaning and Relevance of the Synod of Dordt (1618-1619)
Place of PublicationGöttingen
PublisherVandenhoeck and Ruprecht GmbH and Co. KG
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783525560563
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

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