THE THIRTY-NINE ARTICLES
As Anglicans we enjoy a rich theological heritage.
One of the primary sources of Anglican theology — that is, what we believe as Anglican Christians — is the 39 Articles of Religion. The 39 Articles were written under the direction of Thomas Cranmer, leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury, in order to address key concerns in the church of his time, but also to articulate what has become distinctively Anglican theology. The 39 Articles address questions such as, “What is baptism?” “Who should be baptized?” “What do we believe about the Lord’s Supper?” and affirm core Christian doctrines such as belief in the Holy Trinity. While not held to be as authoritative as Holy Scripture or even the Creeds, the 39 Articles help shape and guide what we believe as Anglican followers of Jesus.