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Basel Confession
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In 1534 the city council of Basel adopted a confession in order to distinguish Reformation teaching more clearly from that of Roman Catholics and Anabaptists. Its author was Oswald Myconius (1488–1552), a friend of U. Zwingli (1484–1531) and the leader of the Basel church. He based it on the synodal confession of J. Oecolampadius (1482–1531).

The 12 articles are short and clear. Article 1, which describes God in terms based on the early doctrine of the Trinity (§2), states that before the creation of the world God elected us to eternal life (Predestination). Article 2 states that beca…

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Neuser, Wilhelm H., “Basel Confession”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_B121>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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