What seem to be very simple rituals and teachings become, under sustained reflection and a reflective spiritual walk, immensely rich. This is the case with this episode, which continues a series started this past December and January (episodes 261, 263-264) discussing topics in Samuel M. Brown’s book, First Principles and Ordinances: The Fourth Article of Faith in Light of the Temple (Maxwell Institute, 2014). Joining Sam again, as he did for the episode that covered Faith and Repentance, is philosopher and theologian Adam Miller, this time for a terrific discussion of the ordinance of baptism. What are some of the ancient world’s ritual forms from which baptism emerged? What is the significance of John the Baptist and the Apostle Paul in expanding its usage and meanings? What potential problems arise when we over-emphasize the common teaching that baptism is primarily about being cleansed of our sins? In their conversation, the panelists also reflect in very rich ways upon its symbolism, as well as its role within Mormonism, including its ability to help bind us together as the “body of Christ.” As the discussion unfolds, they then turn to the role of the sacrament and its intricate connection with baptism. How does this ritual meal act as a ritual meal that binds us closer to God and each other?
Please listen and then share your reflections in the comments section below!