Infant Baptism


Selections from:  Uuras Saarnivaara, Scriptural Baptism:  A Dialogue between John Bapstead and Martin Childfont

(New York: Vantage Press, 1953).  (This book is in the public domain.)



Dr. Uuras Saarnivaara, son of a Lutheran minister, was born in Nurmijarvi, Finland, in 1908.  He studied in the Theological Department of the University of Helsinki from 1926 to 1930 and was ordained a minister in 1930 for the Lutheran Church of Finland.  He served several parishes in Finland and did graduate work at the University of Helsinki, receiving his M.A. degree in 1936 and his Candidate of Theology (now called Licentiate of Theology) in 1939.  From 1936 to 1937 he studied in the London College of Divinity.  In 1939, he was called to the chair of theology at Suomi Theological Seminary, Hancock, Michigan.  He did graduate work in historical theology at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago from 1943 to 1945, receiving his Ph.D. degree in 1945.  In 1948 he returned to Finland and received the degree of Th.D. from the University of Helsinki.  Among his other books is Luther Discovers the Gospel.


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