All mention of the devil has been taken out of Christening services by the Church of England in a bid to appeal to more people.
In the current wording, parents vow to “reject the devil and all rebellion against God”, “renounce the deceit and corruption of evil” and “repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour”.
But the alternative text agreed by the General Synod only asks them to “turn away from sin” and “reject evil”.
In the meeting at the University of York on Sunday, the members were told the change was popular with parents and families during pilots in churches across the country.
The simplified service aims to appeal to people with no religious background as membership of the Church of England continues to decline.
Robert Paterson, the Bishop of Sodor and Man, defended the new text against claims that it represents a “Baptism-lite”.
“We all know that for many people, the devil has been turned into a cartoon-like character of no particular malevolence,” he said.
“We have no quarrel with standing up to the devil, the problem is helping people with little doctrinal appreciation to understand what we mean by affirming that the devil is a defeated power.”
Michael Parsons, who tested the new service in his parish in Gloucester Diocese, said it was “like a gift of water to a thirsty soul”.
“Words like sin and the Devil don't help because they can either be given the wrong context or people just have no idea as to what they mean,” he added.
Although the overwhelming majority of the General Synod supported the change, some members said it was over simplified and that people being baptised needed to understand the Christian belief that evil emanated from the devil.
Alison Ruoff, from the London Diocese, said to members of the General Synod: “I would suggest we must not patronise people - they are not stupid, people can look at the television and the radio and the news and they see evil well and truly.
“We have to tell them, if they don't know, that it emanates from the Devil.”
In pictures: 10 things you didn't know about the devil
In pictures: 10 things you didn't know about the devil
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Many UK place names involve Satan, including the Devil's Punch Bowl in Surrey. According to one legend, he made the crater by throwing lumps of earth at the god Thor and another says he was so enraged by the building of churches in the area, he tried to dig a channel to the sea and flood it. You can also drive down a road called Devil's Elbow in Derbyshire and visit a village called Devil's Brook in Dorset.
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The devil goes by many names, including Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, the Prince of Darkness, the Evil One, the Anti-Christ and the Beast. Many religions believe in the devil in some form, including Christianity, Islam (Iblis or Shaytan) and Buddhism (Mara).
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Belief in the devil has been declining among Christians, particularly in the West, but Pope Francis has warned Catholics that Satan still walks among them. In a speech in April, he said: "Maybe some of you might say: ‘But Father, how old fashioned you are to speak about the devil in the 21st century!’ But look out because the devil is present! The devil is here… even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan.”
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According to the visions in the Book of Revelation, when Christ returns from heaven to reign on earth, Satan will be bound with a chain for a thousand years and then be defeated and cast into eternal punishment.
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A popular tradition in the 18th Century was to use door knockers in the shape of the devil's face to scare evil away from homes.
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According to the Bible, the devil can use his demons to possess people, forcing them to do evil.
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The devil is now associated with the colour red but in the Middle Ages, many writers, including Geoffrey Chaucer, associated him with the colour green.
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Americans' belief in the devil is growing, according to polls by Gallup. In 1990, 55 per cent of said they believed in the Satan. In 2001, it was 68 per cent and in 2007, it had increased to 70 per cent. Almost 90 per cent of people in the same survey said they believed in God.
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Satan and other demons were often depicted as men dressed in black, riding a black horse. Some English demonologists of the same epoch asserted that witches and warlocks said demons felt ice cold.
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For some, doubts over the devil’s existence could be part of his evil plan. As Charles Baudelaire wrote: “The devil’s finest trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist.”
Prudence Dailey, from the Oxford Diocese, told members: "Those parts of the baptism service which are difficult to understand need to be explained to them, they deserve to have it explained to them, the principles of the Gospel, there is no short cut to that."
A report for the Church's Liturgical Commission said vicars were frequently conducting baptisms for “un-churched” families at services separate from Sunday worship.
It said some can find the language and symbolism used “complex and inaccessible”.
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