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Horstkoetter points us to a rather fascinating report from the BBC about a fellow who, baptized as an infant into the Anglican Church and now a committed atheist, has been issues a certificate of debaptism.

What I found particularly funny is that, according to this report, the Catholic Church is agreeing to remove those who wish to be debaptized from their records as members of the church, while the church of England will not do so. The reasoning: baptism is simply a matter of public record in England.

Anabaptism anyone?

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  1. WTM wrote:

    The Catholics can remove people from the rolls because that ultimately has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the sacrament, which leaves an indelible mark. For Protestant accounts of baptism, communal memory is much more important. It is as if the Catholics are saying, “Sure, we’ll take your name of the list and you can think what you want about that, but we’ve got you in the end.”

    Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

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