Baptistic churches affirm baptism only for people who have made a conscious decision to follow the teachings of Christ and know what they are doing by being baptized. These churches generally consider infant baptism to be a misnomer that should more properly be called "dedication" or "christening." Baptistic churches do not perform, and do not recognize infant baptism as Christian baptism. Additionally, most baptistic churches would also uphold full immersion in water as the proper (or at least preferred) method of baptism.
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