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Author Topic: De-Baptism Catches On in the U.K. and Elsewhere  (Read 8011 times)
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« Reply #1: April 15, 2009, 01:56:35 pm »

from Time magazine:

De-Baptism Gains a Following in Britain

From the article:

"Back in Britain, Michael Evans, an atheist and former journalist who downloaded the de-baptism certificate in March, believes the Church of England claims more members than it actually has in order to shore up its influence in the secular world. "It claims to speak for the majority of people in Britain," he says. Official estimates are that fewer than one million Britons regularly attend Sunday services, but there are currently 26 Church of England bishops sitting in the House of Lords. "With churches, everybody checks in, but nobody checks out," says Evans, who was baptized as an infant. "There's no exit strategy except the funeral." "



This is interesting, and I have never considered this before. When I was a baby I was baptised into the Church of England, but my family and I stopped going when I was only about 5 or 6. It never bothered me that I had been baptised, as it had no meaning to me.

The idea of religions being allotted power based on the number of followers seems bizarre to me, but in places where this rings true I can begin to understand the need for people to publicly renounce their baptism.
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