Anglican Beliefs

Fast Facts: Anglican Beliefs
Creeds "The Three Creeds, Nicene Creed, Athanasius's Creed, and that which is commonly called the Apostles' Creed, ought thoroughly to be received and believed: for they may be proved by most certain warrants of holy Scripture." (Article 8) "We understand the Apostles' creed as the baptismal symbol, and the Nicene creed as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith." (CofE; Art. 7)
Religious Authority "The Scriptures and the Gospels, the Apostolic Church and the early Church Fathers, are the foundation of Anglican faith and worship."
Human Nature "We are part of God's creation, made in the image of God... [which] means that we are free to make choices: to love, to create, to reason, and to live in harmony with creation and with God." (BCP 845)
Means of Salvation "We are accounted righteous before God, only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith, and not for our own works or deservings." (Art. XI)
Other Religions "The Church of England... seeks to build up good relations with people of other faith traditions, and to co-operate with them where possible in service to society." (CofE)

Anglicanism in general allows for significant freedom and diversity within the bounds of scripture, reason and tradition. This has led to considerable variation in Christian beliefs and Christian practices between Anglican churches in different provinces.

For example, some Anglican churches ordain women to the priesthood while others do not, and some emphasize Protestant doctrines while others hold more to Roman Catholic teachings.

This diversity has sometimes caused strain with regard to issues of authority and comprehensiveness of the Anglican Communion, which is especially apparent after the recent ordination of a practicing homosexual bishop in North America, with which most other Anglican churches do not agree.

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Title Anglican Beliefs
Last UpdatedJanuary 29, 2021
MLA Citation “Anglican Beliefs.” 29 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022. <>