On Friday night, at my Home Group Bible Study, I read aloud parts of the 1662 BCP. Do you know who loved it? Everyone under 21! They called it 'Hard Core'! I'll post about their thoughts in a few days.
In the meantime, from the Preface to the 1662 comes an interesting piece of history. In the Preface, there is a mention of some additions that they made on the earlier editions (1559). And one of them is the provision of Baptisms for adults. They called it The Ministration of Publick Baptism to Such as are of Riper Years. They give two reasons why, in those 100 years, such a requirement was needed. They included the prayers for...
...an Office for the Baptism of such as are of Riper Years: which, although not so necessary when the former Book was compiled, yet by the growth of Anabaptism, through the licentiousness of the late times crept in amongst us, is now become necessary, and may be always useful for the baptizing of Natives in our Plantations, and others converted to the Faith.Ah. Those pesky Baptists with their licentiousness! And those natives on 'our plantations'! Their Changin' our prayer book!
Tell me -- I get the feeling that America (and American Christianity) was, in 1662, already having its effect on the world.