Baptism Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson

Buchanan, Colin, A Case for Infant Baptism, rev. ed. (Cambridge: Grove Books Limited, 1984).

Chemnitz, Martin, “Original Sin” in The Doctrine of Man in the Writings of Martin Chemnitz and Johann Gerhard (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005).

Das, A. Andrew, Baptized into God’s Family: The Doctrine of Infant Baptism for Today (Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 1991).

Farmer, William R., The Last Twelve Verses of Mark (London and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1974).

Ferguson, Everett, Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2009)

Gerhard, Johann, A Comprehensive Explanation of Holy Baptism and The Lord’s Supper (Malone, TX: Repristination Press, 1996).

Hallesby, Ole, Infant Baptism and Adult Conversion (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1924).

Henkel, David, Heavenly Flood of Regeneration: Or, a Treatise on Holy Baptism (Salisbury, North Caroliina: Bingham & White, Printers, 1822).

Hoffmann, Gottfried, “Baptism and the Faith of Children,” in A Lively Legacy: Essays in Honor of Robert Preus, edited by Kurt E. Marquart, John R. Stephenson, and Bjarne W. Teigen (Fort Wayne: Concordia Theological Seminary Press, 1985).

Hutter, Leonard, trans. H. E. Jacobs and G. F. Spieker, “Of Holy Baptism” in Compend of Lutheran Theology (Gnesio Books, 2013), pp. 149-55. (Note: Part 2 of Volume 6 of American Lutheran Classics).

Jacobs, Henry E., “Faith of Infants” in Elements of Religion (Malone, Texas: Repristination Press, 2011), pp. 171-74.

Jacobs, Henry Eyster, “Holy Baptism” in A Summary of the Christian Faith (Watseka, Illinois: Just & Sinner Publishing, 2017), pp. 37-53.

Jeremias, Joachim, Infant Baptism in the First Four Centuries (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1960).

Jeremias, Joachim, The Origins of Infant Baptism: A Further Study in Reply to Kurt Aland (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1962).

Koehler, E. W. A.,  “Infant Baptism,” Concordia Theological Quarterly, vol. X, no. 7, July 1939.

Koehler, Edward W. A., “The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” in A Summary of Christian Doctrine, 3rd rev. ed. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House: 2016).

Krauth, Charles Porterfield, “Baptism” in The Conservative Reformation and Its Theology (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1871).

Luther, Martin, “On Baptism,” Sermon among Ten Sermons on the Catechism, November 30 to December 18, 1528, Luther’s Works, vol. 51 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1959).

Luther, Martin, Concerning Rebaptism, 1528

Luther, Martin, Did My Baptism Count? (Minneapolis: Lutheran Press, 2006).

Luther, Martin, Large Catechism

Luther, Martin, Martin Luther on Holy Baptism: Sermons to the People (1525-39), (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2018).

Luther, Martin, Small Catechism

Marquart, Kurt E., “The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” in The Saving Truth: Doctrine for Laypeople (Fort Wayne, IN: Luther Academy, Concordia Theological Seminary, 2016).

Mueller, John Theodore, “The Doctrine of Holy Baptism” in Christian Dogmatics (St. Louis, Concordia Publishing House, 1934).

Olson, Iver B., Baptism and Spiritual Life (Minneapolis: Messenger Press, 1951).

Peters,  Albrecht, Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Baptism and Lord’s Supper (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2012).

Pieper, Francis, “Holy Baptism” in Christian Dogmatics, vol. III (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1953).

Pless, John T., “Holy Baptism: How Disciples are Made and Kept” in Luther’s Small Catechism: A Manual for Discipleship (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2019).

Pless, John T., “Holy Baptism” in Praying Luther’s Small Catechism (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2016).

Pless, John T., “The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” in Devotions on the Small Catechism (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2019).

Preus, Herman, “The Sacrament of Baptism” in A Theology to Live By: The Practical Luther for the Practicing Christian (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1997).

Preus, Robert D., “Baptism” in Getting into the Theology of Concord (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1977).

Preus, Rolf D., “The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” in Christ for Us: Catechism Sermons of Rolf D. Preus (Sussex, Wisconsin: Concordia Catechetical Academy, 2017).

Remensnyder, Junius Benjamin, “The Lutheran Doctrine of Baptism” in The Lutheran Manual, (Watseka, Illinois: Just & Sinner Publishing, 2014), pp. 37-41.

Rossow, Robert, The Lutheran Difference: Baptism (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2003).

Saarnivaara, Uuras, Scriptural Baptism: A Dialog between John Baptstead and Martin Childfont (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2003), previously published by Vantage Press, 1953.

Sasse, Herman, “Holy Baptism,” in We Confess the Sacraments (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1985), pp. 36-48.

Sasse, Hermann, “Holy Baptism” in Letters to Lutheran Pastors, vol. 1 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2013).

Scaer, David P., “Baptism and the Lord’s Supper in the Life of the Church.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 45, no. 1–2 (January 1981): 37–59.

Scaer, David P., “Baptism as Church Foundation.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 67, no. 2 (2003): 109–29.

Scaer, David P., “Baptism: Christ Marks Us as His Own.” For the Life of the World 3, no. 3 (1999): 6–7.

Scaer, David P., “Baptism–Past, Present, and Future Tense,” For the Life of the World, 6, no. 2 (2002): 7–9.

Scaer, David P., “Delay of Infant Baptism in the Roman Catholic Church.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 68, no. 3–4 (July 2004): 341–46.

Scaer, David P., “Luther, Baptism, and the Church Today.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 62, no. 4 (1998): 247–68.

Scaer, David P., “The Doctrine of Infant Baptism in German Protestant Theology of the Nineteenth Century,” Th.D. diss., Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, 1963.

Scaer, David P., “The Proposed Rite for Holy Baptism — Biblically Considered.” Springfielder 31, no. 4 (1968): 30–35.

Scaer, David P., Baptism (Cresbard, SD: The Luther Academy, 1999).

Scaer, David P., Infant Baptism in Nineteenth Century Lutheran Theology (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2011).

Scaer, David P., Life, New Life, and Baptism (Ft. Wayne: Concordia Theological Seminary Press, n.d.)

Schlink, Edmund, “Baptism and the Lord’s Supper” in Theology of the Lutheran Confessions (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1961).

Schlink, Edmund, The Doctrine of Baptism (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1972).

Schmid, Heinrich, “Of Baptism” in The Doctrinal Theology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3rd rev. ed. (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1899).

Spinks, Bryan D., “Luther’s Timely Theology of Unilateral Baptism,” Lutheran Quarterly 9 (Spring 1995)): 23-45.

Stasiak, Kurt, Return to Grace: A Theology for Infant Baptism (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1996).

Stump, Joseph, “Baptism” in The Christian Faith: A System of Christian Dogmatics (Philadelphia: The Muhlenberg Press, 1942), pp. 329-46.

Trigg, Jonathan D., Baptism in the Theology of Martin Luther (Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 1994).

Voigt, Andrew George, “Holy Baptism” in Biblical Dogmatics (Columbia, South Carolina: Lutheran Board of Publication, 1917), CrossReach Publications edition, 2017, pp. 84-86.

Walch, Johann Georg, Faith of Unborn Children. Edited with annotations by Adam Lebrecht Mueller, translated by Otto Stahlke, and edited by David R. Liefeld (St. Paul: Lutherans for Life, 1988).

About T. R. Halvorson

T. R. Halvorson was born in Sidney, Montana on July 14, 1953, baptized at Pella Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana on November 8, 1953, and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota in 1968. He and his wife, Marilyn, are members of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Sidney, Montana. They have three sons and six grandchildren. T. R. farms at Wildrose, North Dakota, and is Deputy County Attorney in Sidney, Montana. He has been a computer programmer; and an author, conference speaker, instructor, and consultant to industry in online legal information. He is among the authors of the religion column in the Sidney Herald at Sidney, Montana. He is the Editor of


Baptism Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson — 2 Comments

  1. Looks like a thorough bibliography, T. R. What a great project! Some questions. Why is this bibliography for “the…Layperson”? Would a bib for the clergyman be more substantial? That seems unlikely. Would it include more german, latin, and greek..? That seems unnecessary as some of these are translations.

  2. @St. Stephen #1

    Hi, St. Stephen,

    There are (at least) two sets of additional resources about Baptism that I do not cite on this bibliography:

    1. Works cited in many of the ones that are included in this bibliography, but that I do not have a copy of or that are in languages I don’t read, so that one way or the other, I could not evaluate them.

    2. After I had formulated a draft of this bibliography, I circulated the draft with invitations to suggest additions. Some of the recommendations were of works in German that I could not read, and thus could not evaluate.

    No doubt many of those additional resources are very good, but I could not myself evaluate them. So I stuck to resources in English that I have and that I can evaluate. Since I stuck to English, I thought I should acknowledge that limitation in the title.

    That wider scope of resources that I do not have or could not read no doubt belongs on a bibliography for theologians and pastors. So I thought I should recognize that limitation of this bibliography also in its title.

    But, another side of saying this is for lay people is to suggest that lay people could up their game to many of the resources that I do include in this bibliography. I try to encourage lay people to make less distinction than we commonly do between what we read and what pastors read.

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