That is why the bottom line is that we on both sides of this issue use the scriptures, and just honestly disagree between ourselves.David. no. Water baptism was already established during the time of the ECF (Early Church Fathers) and the Patristic Age. The authors made the point that the most practiced form of baptism during the Patristic Age. As the Patristic Age waned, paedobaptism became dominant. I am not sure whether credo or paedobaptists can claim an "upper hand" in the baptism debate just because of the practice of the early church. There was an abundance of mixture and error during the period.