Atheists choose `de-baptism’ to renounce childhood faith

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(UNDATED) Up until last summer, Jennifer Gray of Columbus, Ohio, considered herself “a weak Christian” whose baptism at age 11 in a Kentucky church came to mean less and less to her as she gradually lost faith in God. Then the 32-year-old medical transcriptionist took a decisive step, one that previously hadn’t been available. She […]

  • JET

    I have to say that I found this article sort of humorous! Baptism doesn’t save a person and gets them into heaven,it’s an outward testimony that they have accepted and loves the Lord Jesus Christ which is why I personally do not have my children baptised, I have them dedicated which means we are as their parents are presenting our children to God, that we vow to pray for them, teach and guide them to know Christ as their Savior and all…………I do not believe that just because these people were baptised as babies that they were guarenteed a spot in heaven but it’s a sign that the parents made a vow to God and that cannot be erased or blowed dried away…To each their own but attempting to erase God away, well God can take it and he will have the last word, blow drying the beliefs of our parents away doesn’t change anything, just gives one the sense of being in control…and that’s what I think it;s all about

  • I’m the Jennifer Gray who is quoted at the beginning of the article. Just two minor nitpicks, which I’m sure are my fault because this was my first interview with a reporter and I was very nervous.

    Firstly, I should have used the term “cultural Christian” to describe myself before the Coming Out party in Westerville rather than “weak Christian.” I didn’t believe in the Christian God or in any of the supernatural elements of Christianity, but I was raised in a conservative Christian household and attended church with them off and on until about age 23. I did believe wholeheartedly when I was baptized at age 11, ….but I was 11 years old. At that age, I still believed that my dad was the smartest man in the entire world and that I would be a famous architect when I grew up!

    Secondly, the article makes it sound like I sought out the the de-baptism “ceremony” (in quotes because there was nothing serious or ceremonial about it) as a way to renounce my former faith. In reality, I attended the party to socialize with other non-believers. I didn’t even know they were doing a de-baptism until someone said, “Hey, wanna get de-baptized?” It was a very light-hearted, silly, fun time. I wasn’t trying to make a statement or take a “decisive step,” as the article says. It also wasn’t meant to be offensive in any way. I felt that we (both the participants and the observers) were making fun of our own former beliefs, the beliefs we held when we were baptized in the first place.

    All in all, though, this is a very positive article. If you’re interested, you can read my first-hand account of the event at

  • Does not the Bible Say people will be losing their faith in the end times. People love to do what is wrong and feel that is the way God created them, give me what I want. That is what lead us into the world wide economical, religious and governmental problems. God has a plan and when we obey His we find fulfillment and contenment regardless of the circumstance.
    God is a personal God even through He created us to enjoy His creation and be blessed. Are we seeing blessing to day in abiding in the vine or are we seeing people abiding in their own selfishness?
    Who are you serving? Who are you blessing? Big questions for the only answer is man; Satan, or God?
    Which will it be a heaven or hell for the final resting place?
    Chose this day whom you will serve, time is short call upon Him while you able not forced.
    Blessing to you all, keep your faith in the BIBLE and watch what God is able to do in your life.

  • Atheists and Gnostics are right in most of their thinking

    It has been common among religious believers to look with misgiving to atheists and Gnostics, and to think that they are mistaken; however, in many instances the opposite is the truth; some religious beliefs are not just irrelevant, but baseless. The “God” of main line traditions simply does not exist. I accepted the challenge of finding the One who may be recognized even by Gnostics and atheists: the Existence itself, “All-That-Is.” If something is there, that is God. Look at the book “Christianity Reformed From ist Roots – A life centered in God” ( I am confident that some of your friends will be relieved of the illusion, as I did myself.

    Jairo Mejia, M. Psych., Santa Clara University
    Retired Episcopal Priest
    Carmel Valley, California

  • M.D.S

    I think it’s funny that people are so ignorant to think that “blowing away” their baptisim will make God go away. Or simply stop believing in Him because they didn’t get what they wanted in life. Or life wasn’t done thier way. It’s like believing that a Doctor doesn’t exist when you are dying of pneumonia beacuse you don’t want to believe you have pneumonia. The symptoms will always be there till you die, and so will the Doctor to give you proper medication to be healed. To top it off, they make fun of it, not even understanding the implications of their choice.

  • Jennifer Gray

    No, MDS, that’s not it at all. You should talk to non-believers and try to understand our position better. In fact, feel free to e-mail me and ask any questions you’d like. Having grown up in a religious family, I feel like I’m in a somewhat unique position to explain and understand both sides. I’d be happy to answer your questions.