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Historical Considerations

Historical Considerations

Session Series: Paedocommunion

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Historically, the practice of paedocommunion has been seen throughout the church leading up to the split between the East and West. Paedocommunion is found in the writing of Clement of Alexandria (The Instructor, Book 1, Chapter 4), Cyprian (the most dramatic example being his story of a “sinful” infant in On The Lapsed), Apostolic Constitutions (Book 8, Chapter 2), which was written in the fourth century, and Saint Augustine,

They are infants, but they receive His sacraments. They are infants, but they share in His table, in order to have life in themselves. (Works, Volume 5)

From East to West and across many centuries paedocommunion has been practiced. These are historical consideration only however. Many of the theological reasons for these practices would be unaccepted by modern Protestants. The regeneration presumed in baptism and deeply spiritual food offered in the Supper is typically denied in Reformed sacramentology. There is a deep distrust for miracles amongst moderns and the many Scriptures pointing to strong sacraments have been explained away to Holy Spirit-regeneration significance. Nonetheless, it is worth noting the historicity of the practice in the early church for it shapes our understanding of John Calvin’s mighty rebuke during the Protestant Reformation.

John Calvin

John Calvin

Why Are Reformed Christians So Afraid of Good Works?

Why Are Reformed Christians So Afraid of Good Works?