What do Christians believe? What do Anglican Christians believe?
Resources linked to Doctrine
A good overview of Christian beliefs and practices (though not specifically Anglican) can be found at the BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/
The Rejesus website offers insights into Christian believing and living as well as the history of Christianity, and prayer and worship material set out in an innovative and attractive format . http://www.rejesus.co.uk
The Lord’s prayer, so called because according to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke Jesus taught this prayer to his disciples, is used regularly in worship. Its words, though formally words of prayer rather than a statement of faith, have had an immense impact on Christian understanding about the nature of God and the relationship between God and human beings.
Anglicans, like many other Christians, formally profess their faith in the words of the historic Christian creeds, which were formulated in the early centuries of the Christian Church. (The word ‘creed’ comes from the Latin ‘credo’ = ‘I believe’)
The Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed are used very regularly in Anglican worship, the Athanasian Creed is used in worship less often, but is considered to set out the classic understanding of key Christian doctrines about the nature of God and the person of Jesus Christ.
Among specifically Anglican statements of faith the Thirty-Nine Articles , dating from the Reformation period in the sixteenth century, has a particular historical importance.
Developments in the nineteenth century meant that there was a need to clarify certain aspects of Anglican belief and practice. The Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral was first formulated in Chicago in 1886 and then amended and formally adopted by the Lambeth Conference of 1888. It is still considered an important touchstone defining Anglican identity. its four clauses refer to the acceptance of the Holy Scripture as the rule of faith; the Apostles' and the Nicene creeds; the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper; and the role of bishops in leading and governing the church.
‘Catechisms’ in which a series of questions and answers are posed to young people or adults who seek Baptism or Confirmation normally set out, in the context of teaching, key beliefs which a professing Anglican might be expected to hold.
Examples of catechisms can be found as follows:
This material designed as a Confirmation course is based on the text of the 1995 Catechism of the Anglican Church of Australia. http://www.lectionarystudies.com/confirmation.html
Although not a catechism this material http://cofe.anglican.org/lifeevents/baptismconfirm/sectiona.html on the Church of England’s website expresses well Anglican understanding about the nature of baptism and the commitment of faith.
As this site develops we will seek to include more references for the academic study of Chrisitan and Anglican doctrine.