Made, Not Born, is the title of a remarkable book produced by the remarkable program of liturgical studies conducted at the University of Notre Dame, and also the title of Frank Quinn's keynote address yesterday. The correspondence of the two titles is surely no accident. The notion that Christians are made and not born may well come as a shock not only to Lutherans but to all those Christians that prize the Reformation emphasis on the priority of grace. We have for so long insisted on the gift character of baptism that such a title jars. A Christian is made? Never! is our first response, for faith is the gift of God, the necessary undergirding for the new life bestowed in baptism.
Boehringer, Hans, "Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion: Christian Initiation in the Contemporary Church" (1981). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. Paper 19.