Confession of faith

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Confession of faith etc. See under Breach Confession, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Confession of Faith a formulary embodying the religious beliefs of a church or sect: a creed
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Quotations

  • Martin Luther
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    “If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. confesser—L. confitēri, confessuscon, sig. completeness, and fatērifāri, to speak.

Usage

In literature:

He seemed to dread any one but myself hearing the confession of his faith.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
I conjure you, let me keep my confession of faith to myself!
"Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)" by Frank Wedekind
Many think that the New School have rejected the leading doctrines of Calvinism, as set forth in the Confession of Faith.
"The Calvinistic Doctrine of Predestination Examined and Refuted" by Francis Hodgson
There is a large section of the Church that understand this passage to refer to immersion in water in confession of faith in Christ.
"The Church, the Schools and Evolution" by J. E. (Judson Eber) Conant
No confession of faith can take pain out of a mother's heart.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
I implore you to remember that the believers in such impossible things were the authors of our creeds and confessions of faith.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Let us have a confession of faith on the spot.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
They will take up the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah and make it their confession of faith and bitter, self-accusing lamentation.
"Why I Preach the Second Coming" by Isaac Massey Haldeman
They were ready with a confession of faith.
"The Message and the Man:" by J. Dodd Jackson
This one Church has one faith, one baptism, one confession of God the Father and of Jesus Christ.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
What is uttered, so runs his confession of faith, is settled.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
We have now reached the most interesting, if not the most vital part of this Confession of Faith.
"From Bondage to Liberty in Religion" by George T. Ashley
But listen while I make my confession of faith in a few words.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
I can say the Confession of Faith backward, I am sure.
"Prisoners of Conscience" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
All who united in this meritorious fellowship undertook to wear a distinctive badge, and thus proclaim their confession of faith.
"Of Six Mediæval Women" by Alice Kemp-Welch
What I write here is in its way a confession of faith.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Was this the effect of his confession to her that he had pledged his faith before he lost his heart?
"A Life Sentence" by Adeline Sergeant
In 1833 the Congregational Union published a Declaration or Confession of Faith, Church Order and Discipline.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
It appears in its early days the Protestant Church of France was entirely exclusive, and its confession of faith was drawn up by Calvin and Beza.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
But I haven't much use for an organisation that doesn't live up to its confession of faith.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
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In poetry:

My faith would lay her hand
On that dear head of thine,
While, like a penitent, I stand,
And there confess my sin.
"Hymn 142" by Isaac Watts
JUSTINA. It is not for any crime,
It is from their deep resentment,
Their abhorrence of Christ's faith,
Whom I as my God confess here.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
"Their faith and works, brought forth to light
Shall make the world confess,
My sentence of reward is right,
And heav'n adore my grace."
"Psalm 50 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Therefore, ye sons of great Britain, come join with me,
And welcome in our noble Queen's Jubilee;
Because she has been a faithful Queen, ye must confess,
There hasn't been her equal since the days of Queen Bess.
"An Ode to the Queen on Her Jubilee Year" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The faithful have thought as much for years, but recently the masses affirmed it when 1.1 million of them trooped down to their local retailers and purchased Confessions, giving Usher the biggest first-week sales for an r&b album ever.
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