A few objected to my interpretation of Tertullian’s view on baptism, one claiming that when Tertullian spoke of being inwardly baptized before baptism, that he was speaking figuratively. The following is my response to this idea. I cover the principal behind symbolism and its use in texts like the Bible, and then go about to show that Tertullian believes that the forgiveness of sins occurs prior to baptism. Therefore, it is appropriate to interpret his statements as baptism being seemingly efficacious as symbolic.
Note: This article was written before the author’s conversion to Orthodoxy.