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Christian Baptism And An Identity Of Inclusivity, Dignity, And Holiness

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This chapter talks about Christian baptism that paves the way for a discourse about identity along the lines of inclusivity, human dignity, and holiness. Baptism proclaims one's union with the historical Jesus Christ. It confirms one's forgiveness, cleansing, receiving of the Holy Spirit and new spiritual and moral life. Christians are people who are known and defined by the love of the One who acts in baptism; the One who includes, who shows hospitality, who sanctifies, who allows people from different races, classes, genders, sexual orientations, levels of abledness, and age groups feel accepted. Various theologians apply the inclusive identity of baptism to the racial exclusions that are alive and well and are on the increase in some countries. Baptism celebrates one's incorporation into the church as the body of Christ. The celebration and commitment occur continuously in Holy Communion. One commits oneself to the acceptance, dignity, and holy living.

Keywords: Christian Baptism; dignity; holiness; identity; inclusivity; Jesus Christ



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