The Savoy Declaration (1658)

John Owen - The Savoy Declaration

A brief description of The Savoy Declaration, a later confession in the Protestant Reformation:

In 1658, several Puritans gathered to draft a confession that affirmed their independent view of church government. British Parliament had not approved “The Westminster Confession” in its entirety, and the group as a result opted to write a new confession that Parliament would find favorable. They only met for 12 days, probably because their document gleaned heavily from “The Westminster Confession.” John Owen, Thomas Goodwin, Philip Nye, William Bridge, Joseph Caryl, and William Greenhill were present to craft the document.[1] The Puritans were concerned primarily with the authority of the Church of England being greater than Scripture’s authority.

[1] James T. Dennison, Jr., ed., introduction to “The Savoy Declaration (1658),” in 1600-1693, vol. 4 of Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2012), 457-58.

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