Adopting Act of 1729

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The Adopting Act of 1729 is an act of the Synod of Philadelphia, an early Presbyterian body in Colonial America, requiring ministers to agree with the "essential & necessary Articles" of the Westminster Standards. The Act was a compromise between Scots-Irish ministers, who preferred strict subscription to confessional standards in order to maintain orthodoxy, and the New Englanders, who preferred less hierarchical church government and believed the individual conscience could not be bound by others but only by the Bible. The Adopting Act was unanimously approved on September 19th, 1729.[1]


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