W 219 Baptism as Complete Sacramental Initiation (2014)
“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.
Author: Colin Buchanan
Colin Buchanan has taught and composed liturgy and has written about it and practised it for over 50 years. He was on the Liturgical Commission from 1964 to 1986, and he has advised about liturgical revision round the Anglican Communion. This title reflects his concern for liturgy to be scriptural.