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The THREE FORMS OF UNITY is a collective name for the Belgic Confession , the Canons of Dort , and the Heidelberg Catechism , which reflect the doctrinal concerns of continental Calvinism and are accepted as official statements of doctrine by many of the Reformed churches .

HISTORY

The Synod held at Dort

From 1618 to 1619 the Dutch government, on behalf of the Dutch Reformed Church , called and convened the Synod of Dort . Dutch delegates, along with twenty-seven Reformed representatives from eight other countries, met at this Synod of Dort , where they collectively summarized their views in what was called the " Canons of Dort ".

This same Synod then added these Canons to two other documents, both of which were in common use by the Dutch Church at the time: the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) and the Belgic Confession (1561).

In so doing, the Synod sought

* to formalize their understanding of the biblical teachings on the Trinity , the incarnation , predestination , justification , a