Reformed confessions are the product of some of the most important issues that Reformed Churches encountered during the 16th and 17th centuries. The confessions represent the exegetical, theological and historical wisdom based on careful and prayerful biblical conclusions that help guide Christians on what we should believe and how to appropriately practice our faith.
Many of these confessions represent the theology that many Reformed Churches across Europe practiced during the Reformation and it's accompanying classical period. Some of these confessions have been adopted and modified by modern day Reformed Churches as they continue to "confess" and practice the faith as brought about by the Reformation. The confessions most widely used and taught are the Westminster Standards, and what's known as the Three Forms of Unity (Belgic Confession
, Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort
) and the 1689 Baptist Confession.
The follow list is not an exhaustive list of all the confessions. However it does contain not only what's considered as some of the more important Confessions, but also some that are not commonly published on the internet. Thus making this list one of the more extensive of published reformed confessions found on the internet. Additionally not all are necessarily considered as orthodox, however we have published them here because of their importance and historical value to the Reformed faith.
To find and read a more exhaustive list of Reformed Confessions, we recommend the four volume set of Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation (Dennison, ed.)
which contains 127 different confessions, many of which are translated for the first time in English.