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OP story in this week’s Church of England newspaper concerns a sudden surge of Brits choosing to debaptise themselves.debatism

In one week alone, the paper reported via itsReligious Intelligence site, that 1,500 Brits paid fordebaptism certificatesprovided by the National Secular Society.

The NSS has offered the certificate on its website for five years – and more than 100,000 people have downloaded it.  But when it introduced a new parchment copy for £3, the demand suddenly escalated.

The NSS asked the Anglican Church if they will follow the Catholic example and provide an official procedure for undoing baptism, but the Church is refusing to recognise a need for the procedure.

A letter from the Church’s legal adviser Stephen Slack to NSS president Terry Sanderson said:

The Church of England has no reason from its point of view for maintaining a formal record of those who have renounced their baptism: it is content simply to accept that those who have explicitly repudiated their baptism and take no part in the life of the Church should not be regarded as members of it in the more general sense.

1500-debaptised-in-a-weekThe Church insists that it only collects data on attendance, the number of those who have been baptised in the Church of England in the year in question; and the number of people whose names are entered on the electoral rolls maintained by its parishes.

However, a recent investigation by The Timesrevealed that the number of Anglicans baptised in England was used by the Wakeham Commission in reform of the House of Lords.

The 26 Lords Spiritual could now have their position undermined as the number of people being debaptised grows.

Sanderson has been “astonished” by the popularity of the certificate. He said:

It could have political repercussions – if a sufficient number of people became involved. I can’t see that happening though. It mainly shows that the resurgence of religion that we’re seeing at the moment is unsettling a lot of people.




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