I´d like to share some of Martin Luther´s apologetics on Infant Baptism. I think he has articulated very well an apostolic faith in the practice. I´ll post two paragraphs from his Large Catechism (iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/wittenberg/luther/catechism/web/cat-13a.html) which I particularly like:
“Further, we say that we are not so much concerned to know whether the person baptized believes or not; for on that account Baptism does not become invalid; but everything depends upon the Word and command of God. This now is perhaps somewhat acute but it rests entirely upon what I have said, that Baptism is nothing else than water and the Word of God in and with each other, that is when the Word is added to the water, Baptism is valid, even though faith be wanting. For my faith does not make Baptism, but receives it. Now, Baptism does not become invalid even though it be wrongly received or employed; since it is not bound (as stated) to our faith, but to the Word.”
“Therefore I say, if you did not believe then believe now and say thus: The baptism indeed was right, but I, alas! did not receive it aright. For I myself also, and all who are baptized, must speak thus before God: I come hither in my faith and in that of others, yet I cannot rest in this, that I believe, and that many people pray for me; but in this I rest, that it is Thy Word and command. Just as I go to the Sacrament trusting not in my faith, but in the Word of Christ; whether I am strong or weak, that I commit to God. But this I know, that He bids me go, eat and drink, etc., and gives me His body and blood; that will not deceive me or prove false to me.”
I´ve come across this in a research of the topic of Infant Baptism and find it one of the most well explained. The issue of re-baptism has been on my heart and mind and after a bit of research, I feel that we could increase our understanding and support of the practice of Infant Baptism. This includes what it means, what it doesn´t mean, and what is crucial to the child both after Baptism and at the age of reason. I hope this may open a good discussion with some fresh ideas and ways of understanding the faith.