Westminster Assembly


Westminster Assembly
a convocation that met at Westminster, London, 1643-49, and formulated the articles of faith (Westminster Confession of Faith) that are accepted as authoritative by most Presbyterian churches.

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▪ English history
      (1643–52), assembly called by the English Long Parliament to reform the Church of England, wrote the Larger and Shorter Westminster catechisms, the Westminster Confession, and the Directory of Public Worship. It was made up of 30 laymen (20 from the House of Commons and 10 from the House of Lords), 121 English clergymen, and a delegation of Scottish Presbyterians. Although all were Calvinists in doctrine, the assembly represented four different opinions on church government: Episcopalian, Erastian, Independent, and Presbyterian. From July 1, 1643, until Feb. 22, 1649, it held 1,163 sessions in Westminster Abbey, and it continued to meet occasionally until 1652. The works produced were generally accepted by Presbyterians throughout the world, although Presbyterianism in England was suppressed when episcopacy was reestablished in 1660.

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