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Thirty-Nine Articles
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1. Definition and background

The Thirty-Nine Articles (1571) are the culmination of a series of doctrinal documents in which the newly independent Church of England sought to define its interpretation of the Bible with reference to current theological controversies. Until well into the 20th century, they remained the official doctrinal statement of Anglicanism; at that point, they were declared to be merely one element of its ongoing development.

After the breach with Rome (1534), the…

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Null, John Ashley, “Thirty-Nine Articles”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024756>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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