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Dumbing down traditional christening

Dumbing down traditional christening

The Church of England has been accused of “dumbing down” its traditional christening ceremony after rewriting the service for a modern congregation.  Parents and godparents are no longer asked to “reject the devil”, “repent of sins” or “submit” to Christ under the new wording, aimed at making the service easier to understand.  But critics claim the new version strips out “key elements” of the baptism service and undermines its meaning, according to the Mail on Sunday.  The new text, which is supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, removes the questions, ‘Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?’ and ‘Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?’, which prompted the replies. 'I reject them' and 'I repent of them' respectively.  Now the vicar will ask: “Do you reject evil?  And it all its many forms? And all its empty promises?”.

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