“The New Testament lays down no law about infant baptism, and it is in fact a gift of grace that has been granted to the Church. Hence it can be a striking testimony of faith for the parish. But to force oneself to proceed with it without feeling the compulsion of faith is certainly not biblical. Regarded purely as a demonstration, infant baptism cannot be justified.” Letters and Papers from Prison, p. 150.I come from a tradition that tends to dedicate infants rather than baptize. It is more of a statement of the parents commitment than a sacrament bestowed on the child. This statement helped me see into the hearts and minds of others. I welcome the concession that it is not demanded by the Bible. I can see it as a testimony to the parish, but then so is a dedication.
This is one of those areas I am willing to disagree without getting hot under the collar.
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