Baptism & Initiation
Most religions include a rite of initiation or joining the religion, however the rituals and meanings of the rite may very. As you take a look at the videos and websites below, note down the differences between those rites and meanings in the Catholic and Protestant faiths and in Islam.
The baptism of Jesus:
The baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist (clip from movie).
Read this Wikipedia article on baptism to gain a general understanding of baptism and its history.
Baptism in the Catholic Church:
Pope Francis spoke about the meaning of baptism at his weekly general audience Jan. 15, 2014.
The Catholic rite of initiation – Baptism
Here’s another Catholic point of view about baptism.
The following websites explain the rituals and meanings associated with Catholic baptism:
Catholicism – Sacrament of Baptism (About.com)
The baptismal ceremony (Catholic Australia)
The Catholic sacrament of baptism (For Dummies)
Baptism in Protestant churches:
A Protestant view of baptism
The following websites will help you understand a little more about Protestant baptism:
The age of baptism in Protestant churches (Opposing views)
Initiation into the Islamic Faith:
Initiation Ceremony into Islam
The meaning of initiation and discipleship in Islam