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The Savoy Declaration is a modification of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646). Its full title is A Declaration of the Faith and Order owned and practiced in the Congregational
Churches in England. It was drawn up in October 1658 by English Independents meeting at the Savoy Palace, London.


1 The Assembly 2 The Declaration 3 References 4 External links

The Assembly[edit] The Savoy Assembly (not to be confused with the Savoy Conference
Savoy Conference
a few years later) met at the Savoy for eleven or twelve days from 12 October 1658. Representatives, mostly laymen, of over a hundred independent churches were present. Thomas Goodwin
Thomas Goodwin
and John Owen were the leaders in a committee of six divines appointed to draw up a confession.[1][2] The Declaration[edit] They adopted, with a few verbal alterations, the doctrinal definitions of the Westminster confession, reconstructing only the part relating to church government; the main effect of the Declaration of the Savoy assembly was to confirm the Westminster theology.[1] There was the addition of a new chapter entitled Of the Gospel, and of the Extent of the Grace Thereof. Other changes include a replacement to chapters 30 and 31 of the Westminster Confession concerned with Congregational church government. In these chapters the autonomy of local churches is asserted. References[edit]

^ a b s:Goodwin, Thomas (DNB00) ^ The others were Philip Nye, William Bridge, Joseph Caryl
Joseph Caryl
and William Greenhill; http://www.puritansermons.com/bio/biogoodw.htm.


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Goodwin, Thomas". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

External links[edit]

Full text of the Declaration with differences from the Westminster Confession of Faith

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Reformed confessions of faith

Continental Reformed

Tetrapolitan Confession Helvetic Confessions Consensus Tigurinus French Confession of Faith Three Forms of Unity

Heidelberg Catechism Belgic Confession Canons of Dort

Harmony of the Confessions of Faith Helvetic Consensus Conclusions of Utrecht Barmen Declaration Belhar Confession

British and American


Scots Confession Westminster Standards

Westminster Confession of Faith Westminster Shorter Catechism Westminster Larger Catechism

Confession of 1967 Book of Confessions


Thirty-nine Articles Lambeth Articles


1644 Baptist Confession of Faith Keach's Catechism 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith New Hampshire Confession of Faith Baptist Affirmation of Faith 1966


Cambridge Platform Savoy Declaration Saybrook Platform