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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

An update on "Is Barack Obama a Christian?"

During the presidential campaign, Obama made a big deal of his conversion to "Christianity." Andy Martin asks, "When was Obama baptized? No one knows." (Note: The question of his baptism is only of interest because Barack Obama made such a conspicuous issue of his religious beliefs.)

Obama's baptism: an update

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Update to "Is Barack Obama a Christian?"

(NEW YORK)(April 16, 2009) On Easter Sunday I posted a column "Is Barack Obama a Christian?" (Please go back and read it for full context.) We got some replies that questioned whether my claim that Holy Baptism was the entry point to Christianity was correct. In particular, I pointed out Obama has never issued a baptismal date or explained when he was actually baptized. I also pointed out that many Christian churches made a big deal of maintaining baptismal records.

Obviously, religious denominations within Christianity differ widely on baptism.

However, with a little research I found a church that is proud to keep baptismal and marriage records going back to 1835:

St. Bartholomew's also states a clear view on Baptism (same link):

HOLY BAPTISM is the sacrament by which one becomes a Christian and a member of the Church. All ministry originates in baptism. Therefore, living out one's baptism is at the heart of our life together.
The Episcopal Church defines baptism as "full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the Church" (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298), and recognizes as valid any baptism administered with water and in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is an event of primary significance and celebration not just for the individual but for the whole church. Baptisms are offered throughout the year on specific Sundays and at the Easter Vigil. Preparation is offered regularly in anticipation of Baptism Sundays.

Maybe president Obama should tell us when he was baptized if he wants to claim he is a Christian.


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