Articles of Faith/Articles of Religion are brief statements of belief of a particular denomination. Growing up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I only ever heard this in context of the LDS 13 Articles of Faith published in 1842. While attending a musical event (at a Baptist church?) I skimmed through a book and found that they had Articles of Faith too. Having never heard another Christian bring up Articles of Faith in conversation, I've since then looked up a variety of articles, here are a few:

The earliest Article of Religion I believe is Thirty-nine Articles: The Church of England (1571)

Do any Christian denominations have more than 39 defined Articles of Religion? Do any have fewer than 13?

1 History of the Wesleyan Church

2 Britannica: Twenty-five Articles of Religion

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    The most often referenced collection of articles in Protestantism is the Westminster Confession of Faith 1646 and the very similar Savoy Declaration 1658. Up-voted +1.
    – Nigel J
    Commented May 10 at 14:23
  • 33 and 32 respectively, for those counting
    – depperm
    Commented May 10 at 14:54
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    The Apostles' Creed and Nicene Creed are the oldest codified articles of faith. They predate the Church of England by over 1000 years.
    – jaredad7
    Commented May 10 at 19:08
  • @jaredad7 maybe? Feel free to answer, I feel like there is a difference between creeds and articles of religion
    – depperm
    Commented May 10 at 23:18
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    The Westminster Confession has 33 chapters, but each can have many articles, most between 4-8, but chapter 1 has 10. You should compare the word count if you want to know the longest.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented May 10 at 23:29

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The shortest 7

The longest 39 (42 in 15531)

non denomination

non Christian

  • Islam: 6-72

bullets in case of tie

1 Forty-two Articles

2 Islam's 7 Articles of Faith


The Dutch reformed churches share the three "formulieren van eenigheid", the three "forms of unity". You can find them in English through wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Forms_of_Unity

Together they have many more articles than 39.

You could also consider the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a list of articles of the faith, I think. We are talking about many more than 39 in that case


Don't all denominations have some similar list of doctrinal positions?

Does it need to be called "Articles of Faith"? If not, here are two more:

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