Baptism vs. Christening


Even though the words baptism and christening are used interchangeably, there is a subtle difference. Christening refers to the naming ceremony (to "christen" means to "give a name to") where as baptism is one of seven sacraments in the Catholic Church.

In the sacrament of Baptism the baby's name is used and mentioned, however it is the rite of claiming the child for Christ and his Church that is celebrated.

Baptism represents a deliberate act of identification with the person of Jesus Christ and his Church. This decision implies a personal relationship with Jesus that requires nurturing through such things as worship, prayer, Bible study and other spiritual disciplines.

Comparison chart

Edit this comparison chart



Definition Baptism is a Christian rite of admission (or adoption), almost invariably with the use of water, into the Christian Church generally and also a particular church tradition. Baptism has been called a sacrament and an ordinance of Jesus Christ. In some Christian traditions, baptism is also called christening, but for others the word "christening" is reserved for the baptism of infants.

edit Trivia about baptism and christening

edit References and external links

Share this comparison:

If you read this far, you should follow us:

"Baptism vs Christening." Diffen LLC, n.d. Web. 21 May 2015. < >

Related Comparisons Follow Diffen
Top 5 Comparisons
Make Diffen Smarter.

Log in to edit comparisons or create new comparisons in your area of expertise!

Sign up »

Comments: Baptism vs Christening

Anonymous comments (4)

May 5, 2014, 3:52am

We have inherited the original sin from Adam and Eve from birth and infant Baptisms are performed to drive away evil and impure spirit and to make the child a member of the church and heir of eternal blessedness.

— 174.✗.✗.117

March 13, 2014, 2:05pm

I was wondering...
surely it would only be suited for someone to be baptized under the circumstances that, like Jesus Christ, they spent there life gaining knowledge of God and what is good in his eyes and then dedicating there life to do Gods will....

— 31.✗.✗.58

September 10, 2013, 12:49am

In the Orthodox Christian church, we believe a child has to be taken to church & named as soon as possible after being born. In the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit it is made a Christian. Then the infant is anointed with Holy oil which confirms the child in the religion of the church. This begins a protected life with a path to follow. God parents accept their rolls very seriously and guide the children as their parents would want them to. Very important to have a couple who will always be in the life of the family.

— 75.✗.✗.115

April 25, 2014, 8:01am

A baptism is your family, friends, church saying they will raisr you as a christian.. it also obsolves original sin. Confirmation is you yourself stating that you are a christian and you have your sins washed away again

— 70.✗.✗.93


Up next

Catholic vs. Protestant