Four out of five church members want to baptize their children

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78 percent of members of the Norwegian Church would have baptized their child in the church if they had a child now, according to a Church Council survey.

Only 10 percent say no to baptism, while 12 percent state they do not know, in the survey conducted by Opinion for the Church Council.

– It shows that baptism is still strong and that parents feel that it is an important tradition to take with them, says Professor Harald Hegstad at the Faculty of the Church at Vårt Land.

Baptism is the strongest in the age groups where church members are least likely to baptize a child in the near future. In the age group 60 – 99, 83 percent agree to baptism, while in the age group 40 – 49 the proportion is 81 percent.

Among those under 30, 73 percent say they would have baptized their child if they had a child now.

Presented in the diocesan meeting Helga Haugland from Byfuglien says in a comment to the member survey that the church must be better at talking about baptism.

– “I think it is important that we become better at communicating what baptism gives. At the same time, we should affirm that it is possible to baptize the child when they are older and the parents want it,” she says.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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