Presbyterians: A New Direction, a New Birth

Christian renewal, the United Presbyterians believe, includes "the right and duty of a living church to restate its faith from time to time." Last week, in Columbus, Ohio, commissioners (delegates) to the church's 177th General Assembly voted 643 to 110 to accept in principle their first new creed since the Westminster Confession of 1647.

The "Confession of 1967" — so called because it must be approved by the next two general assemblies and by two-thirds of the nation's 193 presbyteries before acceptance — runs to 4,200 words. The creed, along with seven historic Christian statements of faith,* will constitute a...

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