Declaration of Faith

The 197th General Assembly (PCUSA, 1985) made its own the action of the 177th General Assembly (PCUS, 1977) with reference to A Declaration of Faith which is as follows: "That 'A Declaration of Faith' be adopted as a contemporary statement of faith, a reliable aid for Christian study, liturgy, and inspiration . . . " (Minutes, PCUS, 1977, Part I, p. 168), with the understanding that only the current Book of Confessions has constitutional standing.

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  1. Thanks for your comment, Gordon. Interesting back story.

    by Charles Wiley

    July 30, 2015

  2. One of the reasons "A Declaration of Faith" did not receive the requisite number of presbyteries voting for its adoption, officially, was that in that time is was seen as part of the movement to unite with those old "Yankees!" In other words, a vote for the Declaration was seen as a vote for reunion. And, because South Carolina had 13 presbyteries at that time, if I remember correctly. Anyway, that was a very large part of why it was not made an official part of our church's life. I have heard, and this may not be true, that one of the obstacles to its inclusion as a "study document" in our Book of Confessions, distinguished from the officially adopted confessions as such, is its lack of inclusive language. It was written, of course, before much of our church and culture was sensitive to that issue. Sad that we do not see more of it, because it is a wonderful statement of our faith, and a great teaching tool!

    by Gordon Garlington III

    July 30, 2015

  3. The Declaration was proposed in mid 1970s when the PCUS (old southern church) was considering a book of confessions. It never received the requisite support, although it had strong support. It has been commended to the church for study and use although it is not in the book of confessions.

    by Ada Middleton

    October 31, 2013

  4. Could someone tell me the origin and background of this statement? It is not listed in any of the copies of "The Book of Confessions" in our church, but maybe we have outdated versions?

    by Holly Cameron

    October 31, 2013

  5. Mr. Thompson, I'm a little unsure of precisely what you are looking for and why. Could you please elaborate . Thanks so much, Charles

    by Charles A Wiley

    September 20, 2013

  6. Can our Presbyterian Church (USA) make a copy of the former Presbyterian Church (US) Declaration of Faith available as an historical document?

    by James K. Thompson

    September 20, 2013

  7. We are in the process of translating essential documents - unfortunately, the translation of the Declaration of Faith is not yet complete.

    by Karen Russell

    May 16, 2013

  8. How can I get a Spanish translation of the Declaration of Faith? Thanks, --Anna Case-Winters

    by Anna Case-Winters

    May 15, 2013

  9. The 2010 version was formatted then the text is still the same as the original.

    by Ada Middleton

    April 26, 2013

  10. What is the most updated version of the Declaration of Faith?

    by Penny Hill

    April 25, 2013

  11. Glad it is helpful.

    by Charles Wiley

    PC(USA) Staff

    February 26, 2013

  12. Thanks Charles for the info. I think this is one of the best resources for new members that is available, especially for new Christians too.

    by Gail Monsma

    February 26, 2013

  13. Rev. Monsma, I am sorry to say that this is the only version we have available. It can be formatted for different uses. Charles

    by CharlesAWiley

    February 4, 2013

  14. I'm looking for a booklet form of the Declaration of Faith to use in a class I'm going to be teaching. Does the PCUSA has any such resource?

    by Rev Gail E Monsma

    February 4, 2013