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Baptismal Regeneration 

Like the transformation of bread into the body of Christ at the eucharist, baptismal new life is "spiritually" discerned. The transformation of the baptized persons into participants in the risen life of Christ is not seen with ordinary vision. This transformation is seen with eyes opened by the Spirit. Baptismal regeneration, however, does not immediately or necessarily result in moral betterment. Confusion on this point accounts for numerous controversies on this subject which have occurred in the history of the church. The Rev. Charles E. Cheney, rector of Christ Church, Chicago, refused to use the word "regeneration" in the baptismal service. He was brought to trial in 1869 and subsequently deposed from the ordained ministry. The Rt. Rev. George D. Cummins, Assistant Bishop of Kentucky, also opposed the use of the term. This was the main theological issue in the formation of the Reformed Episcopal Church. 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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