Reformed confessions of faith

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Reformed confessions of faith are the confessions of faith of various Reformed churches. These documents express consensus on doctrine for the church adopting the confession. A few confessions are shared as subordinate standards (i.e. authorities subordinate to the Bible) by many denominations, which have made their choices from among the various creeds for primarily historical reasons. Some of the common Reformed confessions are (with year of writing):

Continental Reformed



The Independents declined from Reformed theology on issues of the role of the magistrate, and the powers of higher church courts, but retained the Calvinist system touching many other issues.


Some of the Baptist churches came alongside the Puritan movement in England, and in doing so sought to agree as far as conscience allowed, in the Calvinistic form of doctrine which prevailed among the Presbyterians and many Congregationalists. Except for their few exceptions concerning congregational church governance and adult baptism, these "Particular" Baptists adopted the Reformed faith.


The Anglican church is not a confessional church in the same way that the Lutheran Church is.[3][4] Anglican doctrine is most defined by Lex orandi, lex credendi ( "the law of praying [is] the law of believing").[5][6] The Thirty-Nine Articles are in the Book of Common Prayer but are not part of Anglican canon law. The Thirty-Nine Articles are, however, important in defining how the Anglican church related and relates to the reformed churches on the one hand and the Roman Catholic Church on the other.[7]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Cochrane, Arthur C. (2003). Reformed Confessions of the Sixteenth Century. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN 978-0-664-22694-7.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rohls, Jan (1998) [1987]. Theologie reformierter Bekenntnisschriften [Reformed confessions: Theology from Zurich to Barmen] (in German). Translated by John Hoffmeyer. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN 0-664-22078-9.
  3. Turnbull, Richard (15 July 2010). Anglican and Evangelical?. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 45–. ISBN 978-1-4411-1475-4.
  4. Avis, Paul (2013). The Anglican Understanding of the Church: An introduction. SPCK. pp. 65–. ISBN 978-0-281-06815-9.
  5. Earey, Mark (2013). Beyond Common Worship: Anglican Identity and Liturgical Diversity. SCM Press. pp. 100–. ISBN 978-0-334-04739-1.
  6. Platten, Stephen; Woods, Christopher (2012). Comfortable Words: Polity, Piety and the Book of Common Prayer. Hymns Ancient and Modern. pp. 142–. ISBN 978-0-334-04670-7.
  7. "John Grantham's answer to What are the differences between Calvinism and Anglicanism? - Quora". 11 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
  8. Muller, Richard A. (2004). "John Calvin and later Calvinism". In Bagchi, David; Steinmetz, David C. The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 135. ISBN 978-0-52177-662-2.
  9. Schaff, Philip (1877). The Creeds of Christendom: The history of creeds. Harper.
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