The practice of baptism remains a hotly debated issue in the modern church and many scholars have used early church practice as evidence for their own views. As a result of misleading accounts gleaned from modern secondary works, many Christians have been left confused and with unanswered questions on the subject. Responding to the need for Christians to read the primary texts for themselves, the authors have compiled a valuable sourcebook of the writings, art and tombstone inscriptions of the Church Fathers which is objective, scholarly and accessible to all.
Professors Stander and Louw are recognised authorities in the field of Patristic studies. Professor Stander is currently head of Greek at the Department of Ancient Languages at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and has written over 400 books and articles. Professor Louw was also head of Greek at the University of Pretoria until his retirement and has published around 120 articles and books.