The church was packed, the guests all in their finery. The baby, adorable in an antique christening robe, lay asleep in his mother's arms.
The vicar sprinkled water over his forehead. The godparents renounced the Devil. The congregation said the Lord's Prayer.
A christening should be an occasion filled emotion. So why was my reaction to attending this - and many others like it, in recent years - not one of joy but of profound distaste?
The answer lies in what the baby's mother, in designer outfit, told me over her third glass of champagne.
'Of course, this is the most ludicrous pantomime. I'm the most vocal atheist imaginable. But who cares? Our son's place at the church school is guaranteed. This Christening will save us hundreds of thousands of pounds.'
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