First published during a resurgence of interest in Reformed theology, Children of Abraham made a major contribution to the re-thinking of the doctrine of the church and baptism around the world. Now revised and updated, David Kingdon's classic defence of believer's baptism deals cogently with this vital issue through careful exposition of Scripture and seeks to work out a positive view of children and the family in God's redemptive purpose.
'The issues dividing Baptists and Paedobaptists have to do with much more than the quantity of water and how (and when) it is to be applied. They have to do with matters as large as how we put our Bibles together. The best brief treatment of the topic from a Reformed Baptist perspective is this book by David Kingdon, here reprinted in an expanded form. I was struck by its cogency when I first read the material almost fifty years ago, and my estimation of its value has not changed.'
D.A. Carson, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
'I have long considered David Kingdon's Children of Abraham to be the definitive study of the Calvinistic, or Reformed, Baptist defence of our position on believer's baptism. I am thrilled to see this revision and reprint and heartily commend it to the reading of not only Baptists but also our Paedobapitst friends. Both will see that the Baptist position is deeply grounded in not only various Scriptural texts but also in the theological architecture of the Christian Faith.'
Michael A.G. Haykin, Chair and professor of church history, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
'Reading David Kingdon’s Children of Abraham helped to ground my baptistic theology, not so much in the voluntarist/individualistic tradition I was raised into, but in the rich covenant theology of baptist confessionalism. This is one of the reasons why I rejoice in seeing it reprinted and made available for this generation and those to come.'
Leonardo De Chirico, pastor of the church Breccia di Roma and lecturer in historical theology at IFED (Padova, Italy)
'At last this valuable little book is back in print! In characteristically thoughtful and measured fashion, David Kingdom lays out a Reformed Baptist view of the covenants. The debates about baptism have continued over the past fifty years, but this volume endures as a persuasive and edifying contribution.'
Bill James, Principal, London Seminary
'About thirty years ago, I heard the energetic Erroll Hulse speaking glowingly about Children of Abraham by David Kingdon. He thought it was the best book on the New Covenant and its implications on the place of baptism and children in the church. I am thrilled to know that it is about to bless a new generation of readers soon after its author’s graduation to glory. May the Lord richly reward him for this unique gift to the Christian church!'
Conrad Mbewe, pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church and founding chancellor of the African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia