The Ecumenical Articles of Religion (Part 1)

What follows might be boring but is not rocket science.

We can list the Thirty-Nine Articles by their titles. I’ll only list the first ten:

  1. Of faith in the Holy Trinity.
  2. Of the Word, or Son of God, which was made very man.
  3. Of the going down of Christ into Hell.
  4. Of the Resurrection of Christ.
  5. Of the Holy Ghost.
  6. Of the sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation.
  7. Of the Old Testament.
  8. Of the Three Creeds.
  9. Of Original or Birth Sin.
  10. Of Free Will.

We can also list the titles from Wesley’s abridgement of 1784 (here starting on page 306). I’ll only list the first ten (and I won’t use the medial s):

  1. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.
  2. Of the Word, or Son of God, who was made very Man.
  3. Of the Resurrection of Christ.
  4. Of the Holy Ghost.
  5. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation.
  6. Of the Old Testament.
  7. Of Original or Birth-sin.
  8. Of Free-will.
  9. Of the Justification of Man.
  10. Of good Works.

Just based on the above, let’s look at the first four of the Thirty-Nine Articles. Wesley’s abridgement kept the first two (Articles I and II). Wesley’s abridgement did not include Article III (“Of the going down of Christ into Hell.”) from the Thirty-Nine Articles. Wesley’s abridgement included Article IV (“Of the Resurrection of Christ.”) from the Thirty-Nine Articles, but in the abridgement it became Article III.

That’s the idea behind what I’m doing: looking at the specified articles from the Articles of Religion and seeing the source in the original Thirty-Nine Articles.

No one has to rely solely on my word here. There are a number of books that make these comparisons.

History of the Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church by Robert Emory. The comparison starts on page 95.

History and Exposition of the Twenty-five Articles of Religion of the Methodist Episcopal Church by Henry Wheeler, D. D. The comparison starts on page 14.

The Encyclopedia of World Methodism, volume 1. The entry for “Articles of Religion” begins on page 146.

I’m going to rely on a fourth source: a report in the Journal of the 1952 General Conference of The Methodist Church. The comparison starts on page 1554. (The full report starts on page 1481.) This report is comparing the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Episcopal Church with the Articles of Religion of The Methodist Church. For my purposes here, this is sufficient.

In my next post, I look at the original source for the Resolution of Intent, the Journal of the 1970 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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