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Definition of the Thirty-nine Articles from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Thirty-nine Articles

 
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the set of religious principles that form the basic beliefs of the Church of England. They were agreed upon in 1571 and were based on an earlier set produced by Thomas Cranmer in 1563. Traditionally they are printed at the end of The Book of Common Prayer and anyone becoming a minister in the Church of England has to agree with them.