In the following paragraph the author is attempting to create an analytical and evaluative style of writing using terms and phrases which suggest either an analysis is being attempted (because, in order to, with the result that etc.) or an evaluation is being attempted (however, one problem with this view, this assumes etc.). Highlight evaluative terms and phrases in yellow, and analytical terms and phrases in blue.
Baptism is one of the most important sacraments in the church – both Protestant and Catholic. However, different views have emerged as to what the relationship is between belief, God’s grace as free gift, and the sacrament of baptism. For example: Baptists argue that it only makes sense to baptise someone if they profess faith in Christ as faith is the most important element of our salvation. The Reformation slogan is; salvation by faith alone (not works). The reformers, such as Luther, argued we cannot get to God by merit and even going through baptism could be counted a ‘work”. In contrast, the Catholic view has always been that infants too can receive the grace of God even if they do not profess (as they are clearly too young to profess). Both views have their problems – baptism after profession of faith seems to put the emphasis on our reason and choice, whereas infant baptism as a means of grace begs the question: is an unbaptized child who dies, damned?