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Roy Hunter wrote:There is no hierarchy. No pension plan, no health, no dental, nothing. You wanna be a Rev? Buy a certificate. Doctorate in theology? Write a thesis, we'll go wake up the Dean of the faculty. You wanna be a Cardinal or an Archbishop? Fine, call yourself one.
No hierarchy other than post rankings. That's it.
bonsaiherb wrote:Why then is "Maccheroncelli Missionary" under my avatar? I cannot find a way to edit that. Can I do something in signatures?
Cardinal Fang wrote:I wonder about baptisimal rites. Doesn't infant baptism imply that you're forcing the decision on a child about being a member of a religion rather than giving them the choice? I favour what a lot of the non-conformist churches have, which is thanksgivings or services of dedication for an infant, without the baptism, thus leaving it up to the kiddie-wink when they're older. After all the FSM seems to not be in favour of people being forced to become Pastafarians.
(For the same reason I have an issue calling a child a "Christian Child" or a "Muslim Child" etc when they're too young to have made a conscious decision for themselves. They're the child of someone of that belief system, but not a member themselves unless or until they decide to be for themselves).
I wonder if there it might be better therefore having a "certificate of welcome" or naming or whatever, rather than a formal baptism.
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