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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

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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

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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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