Monday, August 30, 2010

Maybe-Maybe Not

I had been reading the NYT wedding section, amazed at the volume of non church weddings officiated by Aunt Marg who was granted a temporary license by the state for the day to marry anyone she may come into contact with when I came across this. Seemed fitting in a way.


The certficate declares:
I ________ having been subjected to the Rite of Christian Baptism in infancy (before reaching an age of consent), hereby publicly revoke any implications of that Rite and renounce the Church that carried it out. In the name of human reason, I reject all its Creeds and all other such superstition in particular, the perfidious belief that any baby needs to be cleansed by Baptism of alleged ORIGINAL SIN, and the evil power of supposed demons. I wish to be excluded henceforth from enhanced claims of church membership numbers based on past baptismal statistics used, for example, for the purpose of securing legislative privilege.”

I found this on one of my favorite sites, The Ship of Fools, an unofficial Church of England site. Mail in 3 GBP and you're off the list. If you haven't any GBP's, drop me a fiver and I take care of the rest.

Sponsored by the National Secular Society, who have made a killing off the sales. Or click your heels 3 times and say.....



James said...

I'm pretty sure if you have contemplated "debaptism" you already are. Still a fool and his money.

Genuine Lustre said...

As a Missouri-Synod Lutheran who believes very strongly in infant baptism, I find this so amusing. Apparently by seeking "debaptism," the atheists are actually admitting that baptism "does something." Funny, yet sad.

JDB (Chin Up, Pretty Smile, Give 'Em Hell) said...

I suppose I understand in a way, as to the "age of consent" part.

I am Southern Baptist and we believe that accepting Christ is a decision that must be made by the believer, at whatever age that might be. No infant baptisms for us. Additionally, we believe full submersion in a baptismal pool, as in the Bible, is the only true form of baptism.

My husband, however, is Methodist. They do infant baptism (sprinkling of water on the forehead), with a "confirmation" of the baptism later in childhood after classes to explain what baptism and accepting Christ means.

After many, um, "discussions" on the matter, I agreed to have our children baptised before age 1 as their father was. However, we are raising them as Baptists and I hope they will hear the true call to Christ and proceed with "the dunk" at some point in their lives.

JMW said...

Okay, this is pretty funny and even a somewhat traditional Catholic (although at times I'm more a Cafeteria Catholic - "I'll take some of that, I'll pass on that") like myself can appreciate it. Both of my kids, Christened as babies, in beautiful gowns, followed by much food and drink at home. It's the Irish-Catholic way.