Bob Memed Me

Bob memed me. Apparently, this is some blogging game. Guess I’ll play along. But first, of course, I had tobaptist-successionism1 check out Wikipedia on “meme.” Did you know it’s roots lie in evolutionary theory, ala Richard Dawkins (you know, the famous atheist?–boy, this stuff is begging for the right uptight Christian blogger to step up on the nearest soapbox!) 😉  This recent theory got applied to the internet to create the phenomenon of the “internet meme.”

Okay, Bob says the rules are find the nearest book; open to page 123; count the first five full sentences; post the following three sentences; tag five other bloggers. Okay, here goes. The book I found is called Theodosia Ernest Or, The Heroine of Faith (you can read it online here), by nineteenth century Baptist Successionist A. C. Dayton at the suggestion of J. R. Graves (the father of modern Baptist Successionism in America). The story of Theodosia Ernest is a fictitious debate sparked by the discovery of a young Presbyterian lady that the Bible seemed to her to better support “Baptist baptism” than it does the Presbyterian infant baptism which she’d received herself. A debate ensues between her pastor and a Baptist preacher (I think one or two others, but I forget) about what the Bible and church history (read the Baptist Successionist theory of church history) reveal about baptism. Anyway, here’s the quote:

“It is embapto, bapto, or baptizo, young gentlemen. Why did you not refer to your English and Greek Lexicon? That would have enabled you to answer the question for yourselves.”

So, there you have it. Hope that was worthwhile. Now, AlanMatthew, Kyle, Christian, Sean–tag! You’ve been memed!

Did I do it right, Bob?


5 responses

  1. That was great, John. I love how a Baptist Successionist book was what you had on hand. I had my run in with Old Landmarkism back in the day too! I’ve read J.R. Graves book on the topic. I find it interesting that he argued for alcoholic wine for communion in that book, too!

  2. It’s like C. S. Lewis said about the value of old books: it’s not that they don’t make mistakes, they just don’t make the same mistakes we make. I’ve got Graves’ book, too, but by the time I got it, I was so close to done with that theory, I never got around to reading it. But I’m keeping it around.

  3. John,
    You know I am not good at games. I don’t know 5 bloggers, so here is my book, and I’ll just send it to you — let’s see — first book, page 123, five down. . .

    “I once met a man who wore a belt studded with nails that constantly tore at his flesh. He felt he was punishing his body an atoning for his own sins. Lots of misguided people over the ages have attempted similar means of dealing with the body.”

    Truth Matters, John MacArthur, copyright 2004.

  4. Ohhh, interesting quote, Christian! Too bad you didn’t have a copy of your pastor’s book ( at hand . . .

    But I guess since you won’t be passing it on, this avenue of online “natural selection” won’t be experiencing “survival of the fittest.” ‘salright by me.

  5. One interesting point about Dayton’s “Theodosia Ernest” is that, as stated in “Pillars of Orthodoxy” by Bogard, the events in Dayton’s books were not just mere thoughts of the imagination but were rehearsels of memory from his past in his search for the truth. Although I agree with Graves on many things it is sad that he held to the wine bibber view. I gues all of our heroes have faults – except Jesus!

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