Extracts follow from one of the sadder articles I have read in recent times – and that is saying something!
Try to overlook the utter triviality, unutterable sadness, unbending rebellion and unreasonable rationality; and take a look at the understanding(s) of baptism. Hence this article’s title – Is a hairdryer (read ‘anything’) effectual in ‘de-baptism’?
The article, US atheists choose ‘de-baptism’ to renounce childhood faith by G. Jeffrey MacDonald, 23 Jul 2009, includes,
Until last summer, Jennifer Gray of Columbus, Ohio, considered herself “a weak Christian” whose baptism at age 11 in a Kentucky church came to mean less and less to her as she gradually lost faith in God.
Then the 32-year-old medical transcriptionist took a decisive step, one that previously hadn’t been available. She got “de-baptised”.
In a type of mock ceremony that’s now been performed in at least four states, a robed “priest” used a hairdryer marked “reason” in an apparent bid to blow away the waters of baptism once and for all.’
Two church views, Southern Baptist and ‘Mainline’, are noted:
‘If a Southern Baptist renounces his or her baptism, then that person is usually presumed to have never received an authentic baptism in the first place, . .’
‘Baptism (in Mainline churches) “is a kind of adoption where you become a child of God, of the church and of the family, . . . You can renounce your physical parents, (the church and God), but they cannot renounce you because you are their child. Anybody who makes fun of baptism probably hasn’t gone into it in enough depth to know that.”’
Can a baptised person be de-baptised?
Would you allow a ‘de-baptised’ person’s name to be removed from the church’s baptismal records?