The Philadelphia Confession of Faith

The Philadelphia Confession of Faith was accepted by the Baptist Triennial Convention group (see our discussion about some Baptist history here) in 1742.

It is essentially a restatement of an earlier English document, the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, published in 1689.  The only change between the two documents is that the PA Confession contains two more articles, which are numbered as articles 23 and 31 in the PA Confession.  The first allowed for singing of hymns as well as the traditional Psalms, and the second made laying on of hands an optional part of baptism.

The Philadelphia Confession of Faith was generally superseded by the 1833 New Hampshire Confession of Faith.

We will publish this document in the future, for now here are a couple of links to online sources.

Original statement and a second version

Modern paraphrase