The Second Helvetic Confession (Latin: Confessio Helvetica posterior) was written by Bullinger in and revised in as a private exercise. It came to the. The Second Helvetic Confession was written in by Heinrich Bullinger ( ), whose life we considered in our previous article. A discussion on the Second Helvetic Confession of Faith. A source of information for deeper understanding of religious subjects.

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Helvetic Confession

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helevtic Two creedal standards of the Swiss Reformed churches. The First Helvetic Confession is remembered primarily as an attempt to reconcile Lutheran and Zwinglian views, before the spread of Calvinism.

Aimed at the German-speaking Swiss cantons, the confession was drawn up by the young H. Also taking part were Megander, Myconcius, and other theologians.

The Second Helvetic Confession

The first draft of the confession was modified by Jud after complaints that it was too Lutheran. The statement on the Eucharist, however, made it unacceptable to the Lutherans.


The confession was accepted by the Swiss Zwinglian churches, which soon merged with the Calvinist movement. The Second Helvetic Confession was a major Calvinistic or Reformed confession, accepted as a standard not only in Switzerland, but also in xonfession Palatinate, France, Scotland, Hungary, and Poland, and well received in the Netherlands and England.

The Elector Palatine, Friedrich III, who had recently turned Protestant and published the Heidelberg Catechismimportant as a Calvinistic statement, desired a confession of his personal beliefs to aid him against charges of fomenting religious dissension which were to be made at the upcoming diet, and turned to Heinrich Bullinger for help.

Bullinger had drawn up a lengthy helvetc of his own personal beliefs which, with slight modification, became the Confession.

It had an immediate and warm reception. A product of Bullinger’s mature thought, this second confession presents Calvinism as evangelical Christianity, in conformity with the teachings of the ancient church. Though scholastic heelvetic lengthy, it is moderate in tone. Harmony with the teachings of the ancient church is important; variety in nonessentials is allowable.


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The teachings of the Greek and Latin nelvetic of early days are valuable, though tradition must always be subordinated to Scripture. The ecumenical creeds of the early undivided pre-Roman church are scriptural. The Roman claim to be the true successor of the early church is vigorously assailed. The doctrine of election from eternity is affirmed, as befitted a Calvinistic confession.

Against the Anabaptists, the Confession defends baptism of children, participation in civil life, and taking up arms under certain conditions only in self- defense and only as a last resort.

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