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Thirty-Nine Articles. The articles are those finally agreed by the convocations of the Church of England in 1571. They comprise a set of doctrinal statements which were intended to define the position of the reformed Church of England in respect of the disputes and questions over matters of faith and order current at the time. Printed as an appendix to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (where they are dated 1562, the year of their original formulation), their declared purpose is ‘for the avoiding of diversities of opinions and for the establishing of consent touching true religion’. The articles encompass Trinitarian doctrine, justification, predestination and election, the authority of the church and of general councils, as well as the ordering of ministry, the disciplines expected of the faithful, and the position of the sovereign and of civil magistrates vis-à-vis the church. They steer a careful—and sometimes ambiguous—path between catholic and reformed doctrines. Subscription to them is still required of the clergy, but since 1865 only a general affirmation that what is expressed in them is agreeable to the Word of God and not a more particular and searching assent to each one individually is required.

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Thirty-Nine Articles. The articles of faith, designed in the 16th cent., to elucidate the particular tenets of the Church of England, in contrast to the Catholic and reformed churches of the Continent. They were curtailed by Convocation in 1563 from the Forty-Two Articles of 1553, and were approved finally in 1571. They are commonly printed at the end of the Book of Common Prayer. The Articles are in no sense a creed, but only statements of the Anglican position on dogmatic questions of the 16th cent.

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Articles, Thirty-Nine: see THIRTY-NINE ARTICLES.

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