X 24 Infant Baptism in the Church of England: A Guide to the Official Position of the Church and its Formularies (1992)


There is a long tradition of parents in England asking for baptism for their children from the local Church of England minister. This goes back to the time when all English people belonged visibly to the Church of England, and worshipped in their parish church on Sundays; but in recent years the request has often come from couples who have little or no connection with either the Church of England or the Christian faith. Often it is thought that the law requires the minister to give baptism, irrespective of the beliefs or disposition of the parents. This pamphlet sets out to provide an objective view of the Church of England's requirements, and to demonstrate that the law of the Church is neither casual nor unbothered. (Published in 1992; Refers to the ASB rite of Thanksgiving and Infant Baptism. Explanations of Canons B21, B22 and B23)

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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.

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