Averill and Dave are planning for Baby G's baptism in a couple of months and in the process of thinking about this big event in the life of their new family, some questions about infant baptism came up.
How come infant baptism was not completely rejected by the Protestants during the Reformation since they rejected most of the traditions of the Catholic church of the day? Of course we know that many Protestant traditions do not practice infant baptism, but the "mainline" denominations do.
The best answer I could come up with was that the practice was too important and comforting to the people of that day because of the high rate of infant mortality to be abandoned by the reformers.
Certainly they did reject the Catholic doctrine of that taught that unbaptised infants and children could not enter heaven, but remained in a limbo between heaven and hell. Did the reformers reject infant baptism as well early in that period and then later decide to go along with it to comfort their followers?
Clearly the answer to this is above my pay grade, but fortunately there are many learned pastors and scholars among my Gentle Readers and perhaps one or more of you would be good enough to educate me with your comments.