My husband and I are converts to Anglicanism. We were both raised baptist. Wow - what a switch. I feel very much that I'm still trying to wrap my head around so much. This change has been in the last year. It's funny to me that when I was baptist I felt that I knew "everything" about my faith. Now I feel as though I know nothing - like I'm starting all over! Our little one is not yet baptized. We were just confirmed this past December. We decided to wait on baptizing him considering we're having a new baby this year. If we follow through with the baptisms, we will do them together.
Recently we became godparents to a baby of some friends. I admit that we were ignorant of the ceremony going into it and neither one of us had ever seen an infant baptism before. We both went away from it feeling confused. The one thing that was confusing to us is that my husband (the godfather) answered questions for the baby being baptized. Meaning the priest would ask questions to the baby, like will you renounce satan blah blah blah and some other things that would profess belief in christianity (sorry - I can't remember the exact questions now). But I guess I'm trying to wrap my brain around this. And I would bet the fundamentalist/evangelical lens that I grew up with is partly getting in my way so I need some help.
Also, my AP parenting is getting in the way too. I know there's quite a few catholic mamas on here so I'm sure you've reconciled yourself with this question. Is it disrespectful to my child to have someone else speak for him and say that he believes things that he is simply too young to believe? Perhaps I still don't fully understand infant baptism as this is obviously a big no no in the baptist faith. So, needless to say, this is kind of a hang up for me right now. Please know that I'm not asking in order to judge. We're really happy with our conversion to Anglicanism and feel that overall it's much more what we believe, but I'm struggling with this. I don't want to baptize our child and new little one without having hammered this out. I do plan to go to our priest for more information, but he's not an AP mama, you know? He can't explain this part of it to me! Please help me understand!
***There is another thread that I found on this forum that debates infant baptism and whether or not it's the right thing to do according to the christian faith and the bible. Please know that I'm not looking to debate this issue. If you'd like to debate against infant baptism, I ask that you kindly search for that thread as that is not the question I'm presenting. Thank you.***