Okay, so I might have found my jibe a bit short sited, but thanks to Doug for setting me aright.
The Liverpool Diocese said additional texts should be prepared as alternatives for passages in the Common Worship baptismal services used at the overwhelming majority of the 139,000 CofE baptisms every year.
The Rev Dr Tim Stratford, from Kirkby, said a group of clergy from deprived parishes in the Liverpool Diocese had discussed their misgivings about some of the language in the baptismal service.
He said the tension between understandability and historic theological references was “as sharp as ever” in rites such as baptism involving large numbers of people including parents and godparents who are “unchurched”.
One of the passages highlighted by the group was the Prayer over Water, during the baptismal service, which speaks of the children of Israel being led from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land.
Okay… I can get this. England is living in an unchurched state. Breaking those bearers down, if it is not about removing Christianity but about sharing the Gospel in the language of the people, is something that we should support. Get them to Church first and then educate them in theology.
Yup – Sorry, Fr. Chaplin. I’ll wait to pass a thumbs up or down until the exact motions come out.
- Christening without much Christianity: Anglican church offers baptism lite to attract non-worshippers | Mail Online (bpdt.wordpress.com)
- The christening without much Christianity: Anglican church offers ‘baptism lite’ to attract non-worshippers (dailymail.co.uk)
- Baptism Lite (via Faith in Hand) (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)