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Thirty-Nine Articles

The Thirty-Nine Articles are the defining statements of Anglican doctrine. They were issued by the Convocation of clergy of the Church of England in 1571 and are printed in the Book of Common Prayer and other Anglican prayer books.

The Articles highlight some of the major differences between Anglican and Catholic doctrine, including:

  • the sufficiency of Scripture for salvation (Article 6)
  • the recommendation of the Apocryphal books 'for example of life and instruction in manners ... [but not] to establish any doctrine' (Article 6)
  • justification by faith, not works (Articles 11, 12, 13, 14)
  • the rejection of the doctrine of Purgatory (Article 22)
  • the identification of only two sacraments, Baptism and the Eucharist (Article 25)
  • permitting the marriage of clergy (32)

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