Water Works by Peter J. Leithart

Water Works

Early and Medieval Rituals and Theologies of Baptism: From the New Testament to the Council of Trent
by Bryan D. Spinks
Ashgate Press, 2006
(190 pages, $29.95, paperback)

Reformation and Modern Rituals and Theologies of Baptism: From Luther to Contemporary Practices
by Bryan D. Spinks
Ashgate Press, 2006
(254 pages, $29.95, paperback)

reviewed by Peter J. Leithart

Bryan Spinks, prolific Professor of Liturgical Studies at Yale, is disarmingly humble about his latest book. He admits that due to his Anglican roots and previous specialized scholarship, the two-volume work displays “an obvious unevenness in the depth of treatment of some rites and some tra . . .