W 219 Baptism as Complete Sacramental Initiation

“The Journey of Christian Initiation” arose from a symposium convened in 2011 and was published under the aegis of The Church of England”s Faith and Order Commission. It therefore professes both to state the Church of England”s doctrine and to guide its practice, continuing as a resource into the future. It proposes that baptism is only completed as sacramental initiation by confirmation, which shares in effecting the bestowal of the Spirit—and further claims that this is the Anglican position.

This robust engagement shows that this position has no real support in Scripture, nor much in historic Anglican documents. The real Anglican position is that set out in the New Testament: that baptism is indeed complete sacramental initition into Christian discipleship.
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Author: Colin Buchanan

Colin Buchanan was on the Liturgical Commission from 1964 to 1986, and in the General Synod 1970-1985 and, in the House of Bishops, 1990-2004. He was thus involved in the whole history of liturgical revision in the Church of England, within which he has taken a close interest in baptismal issues. He was the chair of the Group for Renewal Of Worship (GROW) from 1970 to 2003, and in that capacity founded Grove Books and led the Group in inaugurating the Grove Booklets on Ministry and Worship in 1971, and has written many himself.

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