This article offers a new line of examination into the views of early Southern Baptists regarding child baptismal practices. Specifically, it offers an examination of the written views of early Southern Baptists regarding the possibility of child conversion and the appropriateness of child baptism. In so doing, it will establish that despite claims of novelty, many early Southern Baptists were actually open to the baptism of children.
Dr. Robert Matz works at Midwestern Seminary where he has served in both academic and administrative roles. Dr. Matz teaches courses on Christian Doctrine, Theology, Preaching, Apologetics, Church History and Ecclesiology. Administratively he serves as Director of Midwestern’s undergraduate online program.