The Articles of Religion
Extracts from the Declaration
of His Majesty King Charles I
...the Articles of the Church of England.
.. do contain the true doctrine of the Church of England
agreeable to God's Word.
.. no man hereafter shall either print, or preach, to draw the Article aside
any way, but shall submit to it in the plain and full meaning thereof: and shall not put his own
sense or comment to the meaning of the Article, but shall take it in the literal and grammatical
Canon A2 of the Church of England
The Thirty-Nine Articles are agreeable to the Word of God and may be assented unto with a good
conscience by all members of the Church of England.
Canon A5 of the Church of England
The doctrine of the Church of England is grounded in the holy Scriptures, and in such teachings of
the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the said Scriptures. In
particular such doctrine is to be found in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, the Book of Common
Prayer, and the Ordinal.
The Articles of Religion are set out below in their traditional form followed by a modern
English equivalent or commentary.
The latter is provided solely for the purpose of making
the Articles more easily understood.
The standing or authority of the Articles as set out
in the Book of Common Prayer is in no way to be interpreted as diminished or undermined.
I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.
There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts or passions; of
infinite power, wisdom and goodness; the Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible
And in unity of this Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance,
power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Faith in the Holy Trinity
There is only one living and true God, who is eternal and without body, indivisible
He is of infinite power, wisdom and goodness.
He is the maker
and preserver of all things both visible and invisible.
Within the unity of the
Godhead there are three persons who are of one substance, power and eternity -
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
II. Of the Word or Son of God, which was made very Man.
The Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlasting of the Father, the
very and eternal God, and of one substance with the Father, took Man's nature in the
womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance: so that two whole and perfect Natures,
that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to be