In the Light of Patristic Writings and Hindu Initiation Rite
Rajakumar Joseph, SJ
The Sacrament of Baptism defines one’s Christian identity and affects the entire Christian existence. The author rightly insists on the need to develop baptismal consciousness and baptismal ways, which will constantly remind us of the sanctifying grace and of our incorporation into the mystical body of Christ. This book makes an excellent study and analysis of the Sacrament of Baptism especially in the way it was understood by the early Church Fathers. He manages to weave into this the Hindu element of initiation. He lays out the striking similarities and divergences between the Christian and Hindu images of perfection and salvation. His comparative approach is indispensable to a better understanding of Christian discipleship for contemporary society of India.