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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary


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The act of establishing any thing or person.

1. Divine confirmation is a work of the Spirit of God, strengthening, comforting, and establishing believers in faith and obedience, 1 Peter 5:10 . 1 Corinthians 1:8 .

2. Ecclesiastical confirmation is a rite whereby a person, arrived to years of discretion, undertakes the performance of every part of the baptismal vow made for him by his godfathers and godmothers. In the primitive church it was done immediately after baptism, if the bishop happened to be present at the solemnity. Throughout the East it still accompanies baptism; but the Romanists make it a distinct independent sacrament. Seven years is the stated time for confirmation; however, they are sometimes after that age. The person to be confirmed has a godfather and godmother appointed him, as in baptism. In the church of England, the age of the persons to be confirmed is not fixed. Clark's Essay on Confirmation; Wood on ditto; How's Episcopacy. p. 167, 174.

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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Confirmation'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. 1802.

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