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CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England has been accused of "dumbing down" the baptism service following the introduction of an alternative liturgy in which parents and godparents need not repent of their "sins" or reject "the devil."


  1. Makes sense. Sin is a private matter. Crimes should be handled by public authorities. Hell and the devil are left-overs from ancient mythology. It’s about time that we catch up with advanced knowledge and thought, even in religion. Especially in religion.

    • The bible says Satan is a real entity. Truth does not change, nor needs to be “modernized.” We do it at our spiritual peril.

  2. For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the healthful teaching, but, in accord with their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves to have their ears tickled;  and they will turn their ears away from the truth, whereas they will be turned aside to false stories. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

    • This was the church founded because the King wanted to divorce his wife in order to bear a son and his brother-in law was trying to prevent it by holding the Pope hostage.

      Any pretensions of high minded nobility and tradition went right out the window at inception. If they want to drop Satan from their baptism, who is anyone to judge?