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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
Congregational
Churches in England. It was drawn up in October 1658 by English Independents meeting at the Savoy Palace
Savoy Palace
, London.

CONTENTS

* 1 The Assembly * 2 The Declaration * 3 References * 4 External links

THE ASSEMBLY

The SAVOY ASSEMBLY (not to be confused with the 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.

THE DECLARATION

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. 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
Congregational
church government. In these chapters the autonomy of local churches is asserted.

REFERENCES

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

Attribution

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

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