Baptism: Sign, Seal, Sacrament (The Right Angle series) by Fr. Brian Daigle
Baptism: Sign, Seal, and Sacrament is the first book in "The Right Angle series." Like the rest of the books in this series, it is ordered by answering ten questions:
Q1: What is baptism?
Q2: How important is baptism?
Q3: How many times should a person be baptized?
Q4: Why do we baptize infants?
Q5: Why do we baptize adults?
Q6: What is the best mode of baptism?
Q7: Does baptism save us?
Q8: What is the relationship of baptism to faith?
Q9: Who should baptize?
Q10: When should we baptize?
From the beginning of the first question:"There is a strange tendency in our day to lose one’s way, and to count it as a mark of maturity and pride to lose one’s way. This is often called an “identity crisis,” and it’s more prevalent in Western society than ever before. This identity crisis is, at its core, a celebration of bad ideas and even worse desires. But for the Christian, there is no identity crisis which is also a badge of honor. There is no identity crisis, period. Christians, and mankind in general, are not on a quest to find ourselves, to figure out some lost, inner-me who must be set free. The good life is not about solving an identity crisis but about living in accordance with who we were made to be. That is to say, life is not a quest of getting lost and then finding one’s way onto a self-created island with all the amenities I have always wanted (or at least the amenities I want right now). Life is about returning home, repairing the ruins, redeeming the image of God in fallen mankind. This is why baptism matters, and why the first book in this series is about baptism. The most important question for an individual to answer is the question I often ask my own children, the question hanging above our door at home: “To whom do you belong?” If we get this wrong, we will get everything else wrong."