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The set of doctrinal formulas finally accepted by the C of E. The first text was issued by Convocation in 1563; they received their final form in 1571. They are not a statement of Christian doctrine in the form of a creed; rather they are short summaries of dogmatic tenets, each dealing with some point raised in contemporary controversy. Various interpretations have been put on some of them, and probably this licence was intended by their framers. Until 1865 the clergy were required to accept each and every one of them, but then a more general assent was substituted, and since 1975 the Articles have only to be accepted as one of the historic formularies of the C of E which bear witness to the faith revealed in Scripture and set forth in the catholic creeds.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.


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