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Half-Way Covenant.

Originally New Eng. Congregationalists (see United Church of Christ, I A) held that the ch. is a fellowship of believers who professed conversion, and that only such had the right to privileges of the ch., including baptism of children. The Half-Way Covenant was an expedient initiated early in the 2d half of the 17th c. allowing 2d-gen. parents who did not profess conversion to have their children baptized, provided they themselves were baptized and of correct life, acknowledged the justice of God's claims upon them, and promised to submit to the discipline of the ch. S. Stoddard* later advocated admitting baptized people to Communion without examination and evidence of conversion. The Half-Way Covenant was opposed by J. Edwards.*

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