Anglicans/Baby Baptism

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Hello Rev, I understand the Bible never mentioned baby baptism, however in my Church( Anglican Church, Luganville, Vanuatu) it is practical. Can you explain why while Bible only speaks about dedication of a child. Thank you.

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There is not much in the Bible about dedication of children. There was no need as all children in the Jewish faith were children of the household of faith.

As Christian conversion involved a choice, and baptism was the outward sign of invisible faith, then the only issue is whether baptism must follow individual choice (impossible for an infant) or is part of the covenant relationship so that a child in a Christian family (even where only one parent is a believer) is "holy", and therefore, as a member of a Christian household, should be baptised. (1 Corinthians 7:14; Acts 16:33)

There is of course much else to be said, but that seems the basic argument for or against baptism of infants.

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Rev Steve Parish

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I hope to answer questions on the theology, history, and constitution (there isn`t one!) of the Church of England (but not necessarily on the wider Anglican Communion)

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A priest in the Church of England for over 30 years, with some specialist knowledge of the 19th century
I hold a Master's degree in Applied Theology
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Church Times; Church of England Newspaper; Lion Encyclopedia of the Bible

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Church Times; Church of England Newspaper; Lion Encyclopedia of the Bible

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