Infant baptism

Infant baptism[1][2] is the practice of baptising infants or young children. Infant baptism can be contrasted with what is called "believer's baptism" (or credobaptism, from the Latin word credo meaning "I believe"), which is the religious practice of baptising only individuals who personally confess faith in Jesus, therefore excluding underage children. Opposition to infant baptism is termed catabaptism. Infant baptism is also called christening by some faith traditions.[3]

Water is poured on the head of an infant held over the baptismal font of a Roman Catholic church

Most Christians belong to denominations that practice infant baptism.[citation needed] Branches of Christianity that practice infant baptism include Catholics,[4] Eastern[5] and Oriental Orthodox,[6] and among Protestants, several denominations: Anglicans,[7] Lutherans,[8] Presbyterians,[9] Congregationalists[10] and other Reformed denominations,[citation needed] Methodists,[11] Nazarenes,[12] Moravians,[13] and United Protestants.[14]