I’ve been constantly hounded by other faiths about Catholics “inventing” infant baptism sometime after the Great Apostasy. I came across the following text while the forums were down (I had to be doing SOMETHING constructive, after all), and I wanted to see if this is proof enough that it’s been around since the beginning of Christianity. Anyone disagree?
***Archeological discoveries in the Roman catacombs have long-ago proven that infant baptism was common in the primitive Roman Churches. Two clear examples, among dozens of similar inscriptions, are all that we really need to support this claim. A man with the resounding Roman/Latin name of Murtius Verinus placed on the tomb of his children the inscription: “Verina received Baptism at the age of ten months, Florina at the age of twelve months.” The date of this tomb has been firmly established by radio-carbon dating of the children’s bones as being 105 AD +/- 4 years. Another tomb, not far away from this one, has the inscription: “Here rests Achillia, a newly-baptized infant; she was one year and five months old, died February 23rd…” and then follows the year of the reigning emperor, which dates her death to 91 AD.