Definition of Thirty-nine Articles in English:

Thirty-nine Articles

plural noun

  • A series of points of doctrine historically accepted as representing the teaching of the Church of England.

    • ‘Throughout his ministry he became known and beloved as a defender of the evangelical reformed faith as expressed in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, of the Church of England.’
    • ‘His successor, John Whitgift, required all clergy to subscribe to the royal supremacy, Prayer Book, and Thirty-nine Articles, or else be deprived.’
    • ‘Since the first of its Thirty-nine Articles describes God as ‘without body, parts, or passions,’ he waggishly theorized that the church was atheistic.’
    • ‘Acceptance of the doctrine of the Trinity is the first of the Thirty-nine Articles to which an Anglican was supposed to subscribe.’
    • ‘Probably few people apart from religious professionals spend much time thinking about doctrinal statements such as the Nicene Creed or the Thirty-nine Articles.’