So the baby was carried in a small deal box, under an ancient woman's shawl, to the churchyard that night, and buried by lantern-light, at the cost of a shilling and a pint of beer to the sexton, in that shabby corner of God's allotment where He lets the nettles grow, and where all unbaptized
infants, notorious drunkards, suicides, and others of the conjecturally damned are laid.
Better had I turn to Woden, Hertha, and Zernebock to Mista, and to Skogula, the gods of our yet unbaptized
ancestors, than endure the dreadful anticipations which have of late haunted my waking and my sleeping hours!''
One wonders why Bishop Daly, who will presumably authorize a mandatum to professors of theology or religion in his diocese, failed to use an excellent opportunity to make a theological teaching point to a wide radio audience, namely, that the church no longer holds to the old doctrine of limbo, that we simply do not know what happens to unbaptized
infants when they die, but, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church asserts (No.
It was pleasing too to think that perhaps on the very anniversary of the rustic Annunciation of the birth at Vikstol, we had travelled the route of the messenger, perhaps Siri's father, John Olsen Vikstol himself, hurrying to Haatveit, claiming help under the seal of bedlag, and back again with the man of the house, over these treacherous ways, anxious that already a week had passed in which the unbaptized
soul of the first-born of the house lay exposed to sublunary peril.
Indeed, a special category of liminal quasi-person (the auca) exists in the rural highlands to encompass unbaptized
souls and other not-quite-persons.
Yet even this doctrine took no account of the theological problems raised by the question of the fate of the unbaptized
, which has tormented, and alienated from Christianity, so many sensitive souls, while not seriously troubling the minds of so many of the devout.
should draw your soul, unbaptized
and still bright, through its exhaustion: as, through one whole day, oil in this place, in a miraculous fount, ran with a clear and modest fluency.
Combining these in Judeo Christian suggests that, after inheriting Palestine in this life, unbaptized
Jews will inherit hell in the next.
Of this ignorance he will never be cured: such is the fate of those who die unbaptized
. As Dante approaches the spirits of the great pagan philosophers -- among whom Virgil will spend eternity -- he perceives them as "a blaze of light ...
The first is Limbo, where are the blameless but unbaptized
spirits, including the great men of pagan antiquity.
There is the teaching regarding unbaptized
infants, who, according to Augustine, were condemned to hell.
So was the unbaptized
Constantine then a Christian?