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  •  Catholics aren't born Christians either. (0+ / 0-)

    But the Catholic Church condones the baptism of infants.  The Acts of the Apostles have references to "the entire household" being baptised, so, theoretically, Christians started out baptising whole families.  

    The practice became part of the canon around 100 CE.

    So it's a pretty revisionist and selective reading of scripture that would lead one to believe that only being "born again" is the way to Christ.

    That said, they do have a point and that point is that a full commitment to a religion is one that can only really be made by a person of reasoning age.  The early Christian communities, so under persecution and attack, only kept records of adult baptisms.  Whether that was to protect the children or because the commitment to such a controversial community was too dangerous to ask of a child, is lost to the ages.

    Roman Catholic rites recognized the need for that "adult commitment" and starting in the 12th century, started separating "Confirmation" from the "Baptism" and "Eucharist" entry rites.  

    So some Protestant's set of rules vs. Roman Catholic Canon all amounts to the same thing in the end.  A mere quibble if you're observing this from a totally neutral vantage point.

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