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Peter J. Leithart » Blog Archive » Formed sin

The natural properties of water provide the basis for the view that water is both deadly dangerous and life-giving: “In whatever religious framework it appears, the function of water is shown to be the same; it disintegrates, abolishes forms, ‘washes away sins’ – at once purifying and giving new life.”…

Baptism doesn’t just wash away surface dirt, but unforms a sinful form of life, dissolving it in the grave of Christ, so that a new life can be formed by the Spirit who hovers over the waters… To baptize, it seems, is to recognize the reality of structural evil.

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