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The Salvation of Infants (5): Augustus Toplady

Ok, I was kidding about that whole Shedd thing. I’ll get to him, but via one of his footnotes I was led to a work of Augustus Toplady in which he discusses the question of infant salvation. Toplady is most famous now not for, e.g., his dispute with John Wesley or his translation of Zanchi […]

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The Salvation of Infants (4): Augustinian Interlude

I said in my initial post that limbo, with respect to those dying in infancy, “does not reckon seriously enough with the grace of God, the character of the atonement, or the relation of sacraments to the application of redemption.” This remark has wider applicability than merely to that bit of postmortem theological fancy. It […]

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The Salvation of Infants (2): A.A. Hodge

Like father, (not quite) like son. A.A. Hodge does not go so far as his father Charles in positively affirming that all persons dying in infancy are certainly saved, though he does think that there is “good reason” to believe this–that there are, moreover, “many reasons to indulge a highly probable hope” that this is […]

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The Salvation of Infants (1)

Limbo is a thing; but it is a fond thing, vainly invented. In the Reformed tradition, on the other hand, there is a strong strand that affirms the salvation of all those who die in infancy. In this and future posts, we will look at some representative examples. Why does speculation on limbo exist? Limbo, […]