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A ritual or symbol of admission to the body of Christians, generally performed by immersion or sprinkling with water.

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What were the godparent requirements back in the 1960s?

My mother was baptised in the Catholic Church in the 1960s. I received information that her godfather (her uncle on her father's side) might not have been Catholic but rather Anglican. Could an ...
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Are there any Protestant denominations that have specific requirements for baptism?

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for example, everyone who desires to enter the waters of baptism must first be interviewed to see if they qualify for baptism. The Catholics also ...
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Converting from Russian Orthodox to Roman Catholic in 1820

José Bolcof, a Russian man baptized in the Orthodox church, arrived in Spanish California and wished to adopt the Catholic faith. Mariano Payeras O.F.M., father-president of the Franciscan ...
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How does Original Sin come back in man even after being washed at the time of baptism?

According to Catholic thought, if we are washed of Original Sin at the time of baptism, why do we transmit Original Sin to our children? In other words, how is it that my child is born with Original ...
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What do Seventh Day Adventists believe about baptism?

What are the Adventist's beliefs about the role of the Holy Spirit in baptism?
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Baptism in the Spirit

I'm trying to find a certain sermon of Martyn Lloyd Jones. It contains a passage which is often quoted, but I'd like to find out in which sermon (or volume of sermons published by Banner of Truth) ...
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Why did John the Baptist preach repentance through water baptism and specifically how is that different than repentance through ashes and sackcloth?

Are there any records that explain why baptism was used for repentance when the Jews already had a method of repentance by putting ashes on them and wearing sackcloth? This seemingly worked as noted ...
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Can a prospective Catholic convert skip the RCIA by self-teaching?

Main Question: Can a prospective Catholic convert skip the RCIA by self-teaching the entire corpus of the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Sub-questions: What parts of the RCIA would the ...
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What are the differences between demoninations regarding baptism/confirmation?

Specifically, which churches practice child-baptism but not confirmation? A Brazilian friend recently shocked me by saying that her church does not practice confirmations. The wiki page for Baptism ...
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How do Lutherans or Reformed Christians interpret Acts 8:16?

A little context, Acts 8 tells us about Philip baptizing the people of Samaria, however people that have not received the Holy Spirit, even after baptism, until Peter and John lay their hands on them ...
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For those who don't believe baptism is required for salvation, when, scripturally, does someone die with Christ?

Paul recites as part of an early creed. 2 Timothy 2:11 ...If we have died with him, we will also live with him;... Here it seems that our living with Christ is conditioned on us having died with ...
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Am I considered to be Catholic?

I noticed with surprise the following in a previous question : Finally, each and every Catholic, as also the baptized of every non-Catholic church or denomination who enters into the fullness of ...
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Can I be baptized as a non-Catholic Christian if I was baptized as a Catholic when I was little?

I was baptized as a Catholic at a young age, however have never attended a Catholic church or mass, or otherwise practiced Catholicism. Instead, I now am a non-Catholic Christian. Would other ...
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Is baptism a form of exorcism, or is that just a Hollywood myth?

I never watched this film, but the synopsis alone is eerie. Read this article. She then runs to the safety of a church, knowing that baptism is a form of exorcism. Is this true? Can baptism be a ...
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What is the purpose of praying over the water at an Church of England baptism?

The Church if England baptism liturgy in 'Common Worship' includes a 'prayer over the water'. There is a choice of two prayers, here: Prayer over the Water . Catholic Anglicans seem to readily ...
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How can Evangelicals link baptism and circumcision without practicing infant baptism? [closed]

This question is a follow-up to this answer. In this particular answer the biblical basis for baptism being non-requisite for salvation is given. Essentially it is a defense of the doctrine that you ...
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Why are babies dressed in white during a Roman Catholic christening?

Why are babies dressed in white during a Roman Catholic christening (aka baptism)? Is the color symbolic or anything? Can any other color be worn? Similarly, are there some sort of color restrictions ...
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The New Testament teaches that Christ was baptized to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:14–15)--what does this mean?

In Matthew 3:14-15 it says, And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. Can someone please expound ...
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What does Western Catholic infant baptism and confirmation involve, especially with regard to being identified as a Catholic?

My son’s grandmother was Roman Catholic and she wanted us to have him baptised without delay. However, given we did not intend to bring him up in the Catholic faith, that would not have been possible....
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In Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Lutheranism, what are the main explanations on the matter of why Jesus Christ needed to be baptized?

What are the main explanations on the matter of why Jesus Christ needed to be baptized in Catholicism, in Eastern Orthodoxy, and in Lutheranism? As far as I understand, baptism in the above-mentioned ...
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Why is the Roman Catholic infant baptism called “christening”?

In popular culture, particularly in stories and fairy tales, infants are christened. The story of Sleeping Beauty begins with the christening of the princess, and at her christening ceremony, there ...
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Why do Catholics usually baptize by pouring?

CCC 1214 This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to "plunge" or "immerse"; the "plunge" into the water symbolizes the ...
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Were there any converted children or teenagers among Jesus disciples or in the first century church? [closed]

Since children and teenagers (minors) conversions are not recorded in the entire New Testament, I always wondered if they were qualified candidates for Christianity.
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Christening - what exactly does a Godparent have to promise to do / be?

I have been asked to be a godparent to my nephew. However, I'm not a Christian. In a Church of England ceremony, what exactly is asked of the godparents?
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Is punishment for sins forgiven by baptism? (Catholic perspective)

After reading this question there is a notion that after the baptism of an adult person all sins are forgiven even all the punishments. In the sacrament of penance, our sins are also forgiven but not ...
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What did the early church fathers (pre-5th c.) teach with regards to baptismal regeneration?

The title says it all, really. What did the ECF believe and teach with regards to baptismal regeneration? Did they generally subscribe to it or deny it? Related: What did the early church fathers ...
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Does ex opere operato apply to infants? [closed]

"Ex opere operato" says that a person must have the proper disposition and desire in order to receive graces through sacraments (correct me if I'm over simplifying this). Does this not apply to ...
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How is the “baptism in the Holy Spirit” (promoted through CHARIS) connected with the Sacrament of Baptism?

Catholic charismatic renewal has received continuing papal support since Pope Paul VI in the 1970s. On June 6, 2019, The CHARIS ("Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service") was ...
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Why did ancient catechumens delay baptism as long as possible?

The Wikipedia articles on affusion and catechesis contain the following (unsourced) claims: The most common use [of affusion], however, was for ill or dying people who could not rise from their beds. ...
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Why baptise or christen a child multiple times?

I'm researching my family tree and I'm currently investigating ancestors who lived in England in the 18th and 19th centuries (1700-1899). Many of these people were born before birth registrations were ...
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How and when was the belief that a baptism late in life increases our chances of being saved determined to be false?

The venerable fathers of the Church Sts. Gregory the Theologian, Basil the Great, John Chrysostom and Jerome all seem to have accepted baptism late in their lives on the premise that it would improve ...
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What was the Jewish understanding of baptism?

Considering the message of John the Baptist and the Jewish leaders reaction to it, what was the existing Jewish thought about Baptism? Who needed to be baptized and when?
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Why did Jesus get baptized? [duplicate]

I have always been taught that Jesus got baptized as an example for us. If people were getting baptized before Jesus did, then why did he need to make that an example if people were already being ...
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Baptismal names in the Greek Orthodox Church!

Where can I find an EXHAUSTIVE list of baptismal names in the Greek Orthodox Church; i.e an EXHAUSTIVE list of Names that have been given to a person (the frequency; i.e the number of people given ...
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Was John Smyth, the earliest Baptist, influenced by the Anabaptists?

John Smyth, according to Bruce Shelley (CHPL, 308) and Wikipedia, was the first of the English Baptists. An Anglican priest, he came to the conclusion that infant baptism was invalid and started a ...
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Baptized in a Mennonite church? [closed]

I grew up around the Amish, and Mennonite communities. However, my family was half Protestant half, well.. Not religious. I am a 21 year old dairy farmer, and not baptized. It was always left open to ...
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Does the Pope have the authority to baptize aliens (martians)?

Does the Pope have the moral authority to baptize Martians? Or any power from the bible? This is the article: Pope Francis says he would baptise aliens: 'Who are we to close doors?' Pontiff ...
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Baptism of grandchildren

My grandchildren were not baptized and I was worried about it. They are going on a trip. Therefore, I took it upon myself to baptize them. What if anything is the Catholic Church's view of this? ...
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Acts 8:35-36 and Baptism being Part of the Gospel

Acts 8:34-36 (DRB) And the eunuch answering Philip, said: I beseech thee, of whom doth the prophet speak this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip, opening his mouth, and beginning at ...
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What difference does baptism make when it comes to marriage?

Here is a hypothetical example of what may be a very common situation. Bill and Martha have been seeing each other for four years. Both were raised in Catholic families, but were not baptized. They ...
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Refusing to Baptize Illegitimate Infants

Who started the withholding of baptism from children born out of wedlock in the Catholic Church? Who is responsible for this belief? Was a Church Father, Pope, Priest etc? I now know that Pope ...
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According to Catholicism what happens to young children who die before being baptized?

John 3:5 is as follows: Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. In the light of that, what happens to those who ...
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Can Catholics serve as godparents at an Anglican infant's baptism?

My wife and I (both Catholic) have been asked to serve as godparents at our niece's baptism. The child's parents are fully aware of our strong commitment to the Catholic faith. I've received ...
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Do any conservative Baptist churches recognize infant baptisms despite not performing them?

This may seem like an odd question on its face since Baptists are defined by their insistence upon only baptizing people upon profession of faith, but there is a meaningful distinction to be made. ...
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In Common Priesthood, what will be our sacrifice?

In Catholicism, we believe every baptized Christian participates in the common priesthood (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1547). A priest offers sacrifice to God. In that case what will be the ...
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Why do Orthodox Christians baptize infants?

I know that Roman Catholics baptize infants, because they believe that infants need to be cleansed of original sin, and that the denial of baptism at infancy by Christian parents is tantamount to the ...
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How can incorrect information on a Catholic baptismal record be corrected?

My mother was baptised Catholic in 1923 but the baptismal record has a few mistakes on it not least the mother's name. Is it possible to have a baptismal record corrected and what forms of proof do ...
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Is a baptized but not confirmed Catholic really a Catholic?

I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say (at church also) that a baptized but unconfirmed Catholic is not really a real Catholic. I can understand that being educated about the faith and ...
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Do Baptists teach that baptism by full water immersion is essential to salvation

My understanding is that Baptists and Jehovah’s Witnesses reject infant baptism and advocate full water immersion of adults who fully understand what they are doing and what baptism means. Believer's ...
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If a person undergoes an emergency baptism, then recovers, do they need a “non-emergency” baptism?

If a person receives an emergency baptism, but then recovers from that danger, is that considered valid for the rest of their life? Or would they be expected to undergo a "non-emergency" baptism in ...