Adopting Act of 1729
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.
- Bauman, Michael (September 1998). "Jonathan Dickinson and the Subscription Controversy" (PDF). Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 41 (3): 455–467.
- Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work (1904). Records of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. Philadelphia. p. 94. The text of the Act begins with "Although the Synod do not claim or pretend..."
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