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How was infant baptism started?

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  • It was a practice in the early church
  • The Didache (c. 100) speaks to the baptism of adults, rather than young children, since it requires that the person to be baptised should fast,
  • Writings of the second and early third century indicate that Christians baptized infants.


  • Irenaeus (c. 130–202) speaks not only of children but even of infants being "born again to God"


  • Three passages of Origen (185–c. 254) mention infant baptism as traditional and customary.


  • Tertullian (c. 155–230) too, while advising postponement of baptism until after marriage, mentions that it was customary to baptise infants, with sponsors speaking on their behalf.

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