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Creeds, Confessions, & Catechisms

These definitions came from McClintock & Strong's Cyclopedia and were compared with definitions found in divers places.

Creed- a formal statement of Christian beliefs, especially the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed.

Confession- a collection of the articles of belief of any Church.

Catechism- (in the ecclesiastical sense), a book of Christian instruction, put forth under the authority of the Church, for the oral instruction of children and proselytes. Generally, at the present day, the Catechism is in the form of question and answer.


Catechism of the Waldenses

The Larger Catechism by Martin Luther 1529

The Small Catechism by Martin Luther 1529

The Catechism of the Church of Geneva by John Calvin 1545

The Heidelberg Catechism 1563

The Westminster Larger Catechism 1647 Put in Scripture proofs when I have time

The Westminster Shorter Catechism: Scripture proofs 1649

A Catechisme for Babes, or, Little Ones by H. Jessey 1652

A Short Catechism About Baptism by John Tombes 1659

Instruction for the ignorant, John Bunyan's Catechism 1675

The Baptist Catechism-Keach's Catechism 1677

The Orthodox Catechism 1680

The 1695 Baptist Catechism

The Philadelphia Baptist Catechism 1742

A Catechism for Girls and Boys 1798

Gadsby's Catechism 1800

A Catechism or Instructions for Children & Youth 1810

The Baptist Catechism-Charleston Association of 1813

Baptist Scriptural Catechism by Henry Clay Fish, D. D. 1850

A Puritan Catechism with Proofs Compiled by C. H. Spurgeon 1855

A Brief Catechism of Bible Doctrine by James P. Boyce, D. D. About 1872

A Catechism of Bible Teaching by John Broadus 1892

A Collection of Baptist Catechisms

A Baptist Catechism — with Commentary from John Piper

A Baptist Catechism

The Baptist Larger Catechism

A Catechism for Boys and Girls by Erroll Hulse

A Baptist Catechism with Commentary by W. R. Downing


The Schleitheim Confession 1527 (Anabaptist Confession)

Anabaptist Confessions of Faith

The Augsburg Confession by Philip Melanchthon 1530

The Second Helvitic Confession 1564

The Scots Confession of 1560

The Belgic Confession 1561

Thirty Nine Articles of Religion

The Irish Articles of Religion  A.D. 1615

John Spilsbury and His Confession

Early English Baptist Associational Confessions

English Baptist General Confessions

English Baptist Separatists Confessions

London Baptist Confession of 1644

The First London Baptist Confession of Faith 1646 Edition

A Comparison of the 1644 & 1646 London Baptist Confession of Faith

An Appendix to a Confession of Faith, Benjamin Cox 1646

The Westminster Confession of Faith 1647 (Pdf) (Online Version)

Westminster Confession of Faith on Audio

The Faith and Practice of Thirty Congregations 1651

The True Gospel Faith Declared According to the Scriptures 1654

Midland Confession of Faith 1655

The Somerset Confession of Faith 1656

The Savoy Declaration of Faith and Order 1658

The 1677/89 Second London Baptist Confession (Pdf) (Online version)

Principles of Faith of the Sandy Creek Association

Goatyard Declaration of Faith 1729

The Philadelphia Confession 1742

Carter Lane Declaration of Faith 1757

1833 New Hampshire Confession

The Abstract of Principles at adoption of charter by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 1858

The Fulton Confession of 1900

American Baptist Confessions

A Tabular Comparison of the 1646 WCF and the 1689 LBCF

A Tabular Comparison of the 1646 Westminster Confession of Faith, the 1658 Savoy Declaration of Faith, the 1677/1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith and the 1742 Philadelpha Confession of Faith

Baptists Confessions of Faith by W. J McGlothlin (Pdf) File contains scanned copy of book 18.8 Mb's

What Baptists Believe: The New Hampshire Confession-An Exposition by O. C. S. Wallace or here (Pdf) Second link scanned copy

Thomas Helwys Declaration of Faith

Short Confession of Faith in XX Articles by John Smyth


The Definition of the Council of Chalcedon 451

The Canons of the Council of Chalcedon 451

Council of Orange 529

The Canons of Dordt 1618-1619


Apostles Creed

Nicene Creed

The Anthanasian Creed

Various Creeds of the Church

An Orthodox Creed by Thomas Monck ET AL

More Creeds, Confessions, & Catechisms

Historic Baptist Documents

Historic Baptist Documents

Historic Church Documents


The American Colonist's Library - A TREASURY OF PRIMARY DOCUMENTS

The Cambridge Declaration

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

The Ligonier Statement on Christology

The 95 Theses by Martin Luther

The Smalcald Articles-Luther 1537

The TABLE-TALK of Martin Luther

The Origin and Formation of the Westminster Confession of Faith

Recently Discovered Memoranda of the Westminster Assembly

An Agreement of the Free People of England: Leveller Manifesto May the 1. 1649

Articles defending the use of creeds, confessions, & catechisms

What is Catechism? by Zacharias Ursinus

Creeds, Confessions, Catechisms, and Covenants in Corporate Worship by Jake Stone

Biblical and Pastoral Basis for Creeds and Confessions by Robert S. Rayburn

The Biblical and Logical Necessity of Uninspired Creeds

Baptists, the Bible and Confessions – The Need for Statements of Faith by Gregory A. Wills

Choosing & Using a Confession of Faith: Some Biblical and Theological Guidelines

The Legitimacy and Use of Confessions of Faith by Dr. Robert Paul Martin

The Integrity of Words and Our Confession of Faith by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

Dr. Trueman on the Creedal Imperative - a book review

Confessing the Faith in 1644 and 1689 by Pastor James M. Renihan

English Separatist-Baptist Confessions

A Case for Robust Confessions of Faith in the Churches Tom Hicks

Baptist Confession Making 1644 and 1689 by Robert W. Oliver- A Paper read to the Strict Baptist Historical Society 17th March 1989

6 Reasons Catechisms Make Truth Stick by Zach Barnhart 

An Encouragement to Use Catechisms by Tom J. Nettles

Why I (Still) Teach Catechism Class by Paul Carter

What Is “Full Subscription?” Submitted by Dr. James M. Renihan

On the Need for and Practice of Confessing the Faith

Biblical Support for Creeds, Confessions, and Statements of Faith by Jon English Lee 

What are creeds and confessions? by Paul Helm

Six Ways a Church Should Use a Confession of Faith by Jeff Robinson

Confessions of Faith Help Us Obey Biblical Mandates by Tom Nettles

Ligon Duncan on Why ‘No Creed But the Bible’ Is a Lousy Creed

The Utility and Importance of Creeds and Confessions by Samuel Miller

A Case For Explicit Creedalism: Meaningful Togetherness Is Impossible Without It By Randall Klynsma (and Rev. David Fagrey)

The Complete Gospel: Biblical Faith as Summarized in the Creeds of the Early Church and the Heidelberg Catechism by Randall Klynsma

The Noble New Hampshire Confession by Tom Nettles

The Content of the Noble New Hampshire Confession (Part 1) by Tom Nettles

The Content of the Noble New Hampshire Confession (Part 2) by Tom Nettles

The Belgic Confession and the True Church by W. Robert Godfrey

Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church

A Closer Look at Confessions of Faith

The Commentary of Dr. Zacharias Ursinus on the Heidelberg Catechism

A Commentary on The Westminster Confession of Faith With Scripture Proofs by A. A. Hodge

The Assembly's Shorter Catechism Explained, by Way of Question and Answer by James Fisher

Harmony of Westminster Standards by Mark E. Baldwin

The Legacy of Old School Confession Subscription in the OPC by J. V. Fesko

Baptist Confessions of Faith by Carol Crawford Holcomb

The Reformed Faith and the Westminster Confession by Gordon H. Clark

The Reformed Churches in the United States: The Three Forms of Unity

Early New England Catechisms by Wilberforce Eames

The London Baptist Confession of Faith 1689 Study Guide by Stanford Murrell

The Justification of Confessions and the Logic of Confessional Subscription, With Some Observations and Suggestions Concerning the Practice of the Presbyterian Church in America by David F. Coffin, Jr.

Convictionally Baptist and Confessionally Evangelical: A Call for Southern Baptist Theological Faithfulness by Nathan A. Finn

The Use of Confessions of Faith in Baptist History by Steve Weaver

Hermeneutics of creeds and confessions: The question of continuity and change

A modern exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith by Samuel E. Waldron

History of the Creeds by Francis J. Badcock

A Short History of Creeds and Confessions by Dr. A. A. Hodge

The History & Theology of Creeds by Roger Nicole

The Presbyterian Standards: An Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms by Francis R. Beattie

Thirty Nine Articles: The Historic Basis of the Anglican Faith by D. Broughton Knox

Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism by Zacharias Ursinus


The Legitimacy and Use of Confessions of Faith Pt 1 by Dr. Robert Paul Martin

The Legitimacy and Use of Confessions of Faith Pt 2 by Dr. Robert Paul Martin