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In his book Calvin's Convincing Antipaedocommunionism, Dr. Francis Nigel Lee demonstrates how strongly John Calvin opposed paedocommunion. Calvin was familiar with the arguments used to justify that practice, and he refuted them at different points in his work. He strongly believed that no one -- including baptized children -- should ever be allowed to partake of the Lord's Supper without being catechized. Lee provides numerous quotations from various books by Calvin where this point is made.
As Lee points out, 'speaking specifically of infants and children, Calvin observes that they 'cannot partake worthily without being able duly to discern the sanctity of the Lord's body.' Consequently, seeing that the swallowing of the bread and wine by the unworthy is 'poison' to them at Holy Communion -- 'Why should we stretch out poison to our young children -- instead of vivifying food?!'' (p. 12).
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Preacher, Theologian, Lawyer, Educationist, Historian, Philosopher and Author, Lee has produced more than 330 publications (including many books) -- and also a multitude of long unpublished manuscripts. Apart from an honorary LL.D., he has twenty-one earned degrees -- including...