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Helvetic Consensus from the McClintock and Strong Biblical Cyclopedia. Journal: Trinity Journal Volume: TRINJ (Spring ) Article: The Helvetic Formula Consensus (): An Introduction And Translation Author: Martin I. helvetic consensus formula. Heidegger And Turretin Contra Amyraut. by R. Scott Clark on February 5, |. Canon IV: Before the creation of the world, God.

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Helvetic Consensus

Formula Consensus Hhelvetica confession of faith drawn up in by J. Heidegger at the request of the Calvinistic divines of Switzerland. It was chiefly designed to restrain the progress of the mitigated Calvinism of Amyraldus and the school of Saumur generally, which was spreading in Switzerland.

Turretin, Zwinger, Werenfels, Hottinger, and other Swiss theologians aided in its preparation, but its form is chiefly due to Heidegger.

It consists of a preface and twenty-six canons.

The remaining canons are chiefly occupied with definitions of the Calvinistic view of predestination, sin, grace, the extent of the atonement, etc. The Formula is given in full by Augusti Corpus Libr.


Within a year from its promulgation it was adopted by the magistrates of Basle, Zurich, Berne, etc. It was finally made authoritative throughout Switzerland: But these strong measures, together with the influence of the French clergy, and especially the intercession of Frederick William of Brandenburgh, produced a reaction; and in the magistrates of Basle allowed the admission of candidates without subscription to the Formula. By its strict obligation had fallen into disuse at Geneva.

In the other cantons it was still retained, but gave rise to long conflicts. In the kings of Prussia and England sent letters to the Swiss Cantons, for the sake of the unity and peace of Protestantism, to drop the use of the Formula as a binding creed.

In they renewed these letters to the same purpose. By the Formula had fallen entirely into disuse.

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Within about fifty years it was abrogated. One of the strongest advocates of this last measure was Turretin’s own son, Alphonso Turretin, who was as zealous in opposing as his father had been in advocating it.


If there was ever a creed which deserves to be called the manifesto of a theological party rather than a confession of faith on the part of the Church, the Formula Consesus is that one” Fisher, in New Englander, July,p. Discover the power of SwordSearcher: A complete Bible study package, with thousands of topical and encyclopedic entries all linked to verses, designed for meaningful Bible study.

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