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Yes I was baptised. I take your scoffing reaction to those who remark "I was baptised but I'm not christian" to mean you feel such things are not possible? Religious rites do not automatically lock you to that faith for the rest of your life. If they did I'd still be Catholic (as most here know I'm an atheist). More to the point however is why it should matter in any case. Baptism is actually something I don't understand. I mean how exactly is dunking an infant in a pool of supposedly holy water going to help "save their soul"? More importantly how is such a practice humane? Surely it would traumatize the child and could lead to all sorts of illnesses given the tendency to baptise more then one child on a particular day.

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Baptism is actually something I don't understand. I mean how exactly is dunking an infant in a pool of supposedly holy water going to help "save their soul"? More importantly how is such a practice humane? Surely it would traumatize the child and could lead to all sorts of illnesses given the tendency to baptise more then one child on a particular day.
In Catholic tradition that is indeed the case - and with regards to Catholicism I completely agree with your remarks. However, baptism need not be fully immersive. I just had a bit of water flicked onto my forehead as a baby. It was a Presbyterian church, we're more about retaining traditions for symbolic rather than strictly theological value. Leaves us free to focus on seeking and attaining truth, wisdom and righteousness in day-to-day life - the actual matters of faith. For what it's worth I haven't been baptized since and I don't see the need. Aqueous solutions do not cause higher spiritual sensitivity.
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That is absolute nonsense. Baptism serves no purpose whatsoever in my honest opinion. Water does not take on some magical property just because a priest says a few words in Latin and places a cross or something in it. I suppose the symbolism behind it is that one is being cleansed of sins but since most who are baptised are infants they have no sin attached to them. Mind you I don't think any religious ceremonies/rites of passage serve any purpose other then to make dramatic and unnecessary shows of faith. Pretty sure God (assuming for the purposes of this post that there is one) has better things to do then take a roll call at every church on Earth and make sure everyone has checked all the little ceremonial boxes on their spiritual resume.

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I was christened and had no say in the matter as I was only a few months old, not sure if they are the same thing. It was done at the rather impressive church. Southwell Minster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, check out the font. I've been back 3 times, once for a wedding, once for a christening and once when they wouldn't let me in.

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I am not' date=' My fathers family are catholic and they used to take me and my sister to church every sunday, I used to wish I was - purely so I could eat that body of christ ( that wafer thing) haha.[/quote'] Come to my church, we've got a lovely old woman who cooks a new recipe of loaf for every communion and they've all been good. Don't need to be baptized to take Communion in a Mass, the priest can consecrate you because of reasons. Not necessary in a Protestant church either, since we don't worship wheat.
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Come to my church, we've got a lovely old woman who cooks a new recipe of loaf for every communion and they've all been good. Don't need to be baptized to take Communion in a Mass, the priest can consecrate you because of reasons. Not necessary in a Protestant church either, since we don't worship wheat.
So you are a protestant? Now that I think about it, I've never attended a mass, just a wedding, does that count?
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I don't believe I've ever been baptised or christened. My general stance is pretty much agnostic/open-minded where it comes to religion. I hate extremists on any side of the spectrum, and I hate this modern day 'atheist movement', whose members ironically treat their atheism so much like a religion and wear it as a badge of honour to belittle people with. They constantly label themselves as 'rationalists' and such- if you have to keep throwing this around in the hope that everyone hears, it probably ain't true.

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I don't believe I've ever been baptised or christened. My general stance is pretty much agnostic/open-minded where it comes to religion. I hate extremists on any side of the spectrum' date=' and I hate this modern day 'atheist movement', whose members ironically treat their atheism so much like a religion and wear it as a badge of honour to belittle people with. They constantly label themselves as 'rationalists' and such- if you have to keep throwing this around in the hope that everyone hears, it probably ain't true.[/quote'] I totally agree with you. There are a lot of things that bother me about religion but I respect it as long as someone's not throwing their views in my face and forcing me to share he's or her's opinion. Besides, I don't really have a problem with religion but with the church as an institution and some religious people that, in my opinion, misinterpret their whole religion. And I feel the same about atheists. I myself am an atheist but I don't find it an important thing to mention outside conversations that require it. And I'm not going around trying to convert people to atheism :P I don't mind people believing whatever they want as long as they are not being dicks about it.
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For mass attending.
No, unless they do actually serve a Eucharist. That's the central purpose of the Mass - to commune with Christ by eating his body. How exactly this makes sense is beyond me, and in my experience the efforts of Catholic authors to explain it only raise more questions and generate issues of a far more prickly nature.
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