Baptism is the service of initiation into the church: the way in which professing Christians become members of that body, whether as adults or as infants - and it is therefore entirely appropriate that parents, bringing their children for baptism, should be asked to make a profession of the faith into which their child is being baptised.
Yes, there is the service of thanksgiving for the birth of a child, but this should not be confused with any secular ceremony for naming, or for parents committing themselves to bringing up the child. It, too, requires a certain level of faith, for it is thanksgiving to God for the safe delivery - and how can one thank a God whom one doesn't believe exists?
CAROLE A. CULL
25 JulyReuse content