The rite of baptism gets big press on Wednesday (Oct. 23) when Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will christen Prince George, a future king of England.
Welby has made it a teachable moment for a country where only one in six are baptized. In a YouTube video, he explains that by bringing their son forward for baptism, Prince William and Duchess Catherine are â€śbringing God into the middle of it allâ€¦â€ť
Set aside that one in five Americans today say they have no religious identity. Even among those who do claim a denominational label, â€śthere is a de-emphasis on practicing faith,â€ť said the Rev. Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Conventionâ€™s executive committee.
â€śPeople want God but theyâ€™re not happy with churches,â€ť he said, so rites such as baptism are victims of an â€śanti-denominational, anti-institutional, even anti-church era.â€ť ...