However, that does not mean that I think the issue of the proper subjects of baptism is unimportant, and in my years of study and reflection on the matter I have only become more and more convinced that believer's baptism (sometimes also called credobaptism) is the true teaching of Scripture. This is why I want to remind my Reformed Baptist brothers and sisters of the three books I have read that offer the best defense of this Biblical teaching:
1) Infant Baptism and the Covenant of Grace by Paul K. Jewett.
I read this book while I was in seminary and struggling to sort through the matter. It was especially helpful to me because it responds to the arguments for infant baptism from the standpoint of Covenant Theology. It helped me to see that a truly Biblical understanding of Covenant Theology leads to believer's baptism rather than to infant baptism. For a long time, this was the best book available on this issue.
2) The Baptism of Disciples Alone: A Covenantal Argument for Credobaptism Versus Paedobaptism by Fred Malone.
Malone is a former Reformed paedobaptist who understands their views from the inside out. I was especially encouraged by his treatment of the promise of the New Covenant made in Jeremiah 31 and how this relates to the issue of baptism. This is an outstanding book that offers many of the same arguments found in Jewett's book, but it is even better in my opinion. It is temporarily out of print, but I look for Founders Press to make it available again soon. Until then there are copies available on Amazon.com.
3) Believer's Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ edited by Thomas R. Schreiner and Shawn D. Wright.
This is in my opinion the single best volume available right now for a comprehensive overview on baptism from a Baptist perspective. Here is a look at its contents by chapter:
Chapter 1 - Baptism in the Gospels
Chapter 2 - Baptism in Luke-Acts
Chapter 3 - Baptism in the Epistles: An Initiation Rite for Believers
Chapter 4 - Baptism and the Relationship Between the Covenants
Chapter 5 - Baptism in the Patristic Writings
Chapter 6 - "Confessor baptism":The Baptismal Doctrine of the Early
Chapter 7 - Baptism and the Logic of Reformed Paedobaptists
Chapter 8 - Meredith Kline on Suzerainty, Circumcision, and Baptism
Chapter 9 - Baptism in the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement
Chapter 10 - Baptism in the Context of the Local Church
Since so many have asked me for such material over the years, I hope that these recommendations will be helpful to the blog's readers.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Update 25 May 2011
Since I first wrote this post another excellent book has been published on the subject. It is The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant Baptism by Jeffrey D. Johnson. I have posted about it here.