Reformed Creeds and Confessions
Three Forms of Unity
- to formalize their understanding of the biblical teachings on the Trinity, the incarnation, predestination, justification, and the church;
- to allow members to gather together in unity around fundamental, shared beliefs;
- to relegate certain non-essential ideas (political positions, educational platforms, etc.) to a lower status to prevent the churches from needlessly splitting — the forms also provide a basis upon which ecumenical efforts can proceed based on whether a body accepts the essentials laid out in these forms
- The Catechism is written in a question-and-answer format to help explain biblical teaching to children and those new to the faith.
- The Confession explains various biblical teachings.
- The Canons are a series of technical responses to specific theological controversies raised by the Dutch Remonstrants.[i]
i. Text and description of the Three Forms from Philip Schaff’s Creeds of the Evangelical Protestant Churches at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library