The Early Church believed that one could only become part of the Church Christ established through Baptism. While the roots of Christian baptism can be found in the acts of John the Baptist, in Christianity the theology of Baptism became something greater.
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Didache – Chapter 7 concerns baptism.
For more information, see Maxwell Johnson’s book, The Rites of Christian Initiation
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#291 – A History of the Catholic Church – Baptism in the Early Church