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Re: Wiccaning
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2011, 06:42:15 PM »

Isn't part of the purpose of a baptism to dedicate the child to the God of Abraham?  And promise said God to raise the child "Christian"?  I could be wrong, but that's always the understanding of a baptism I've had.  It's how it was explained to me some years ago.

I thought that's what I typed?  It's what I meant anyways.  I'm still sick and not sleeping well (hence why I've tried to stay off the boards; not being able to think/type clearly).

Raising a child in a given religion will give the child an ingrained pre-disposition either strongly toward, or strongly against, said religion.
Why I want to make sure that she at least understands other religions as well.  And I don't want her to be forced into a baptism.
I may be a Christian, but I'm not going to shove my faith down your throat.  There's a difference between religion and faith, and I'm tired of cults trying to claim they are a religion.
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Re: Wiccaning
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2011, 07:32:24 PM »

I just wanted to make sure we're both on the same page.

One of the chief differences between a Wiccaning and a Baptism (or a Christian dedication as you describe) is that in a Wiccaning the child isn't dedicated to anything, and no promises are made to any deity beyond allowing the child to choose his/her own path.  Not even promising to raise the child in any particular religion.

Generally speaking, of course.

I hope you start feeling better.


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Re: Wiccaning
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2011, 05:53:41 AM »

The primary purpose of baptism is that if a child should die before s/he commits sin, s/he can still reach salvation.

Baptism (or Christening) is not a commitment by the child to the religion, but more of a protective measure, by this point not completely unlike a Wiccaning.  There are two other sacraments that need be performed before a child is truly committed to the religion, those being Holy Communion, and Confirmation.  Granted, as Catholics believe that theirs is the one true religion, it is presumed by the Church and the parents that the child will remain on this path until death.  Therein lies the primary difference between a Wiccaning and a baptism.

If one wishes to know the purposes of the Sacrament of Baptism (or any other sacrament, for that matter), I suggest s/he reads this: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02258b.htm
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