Cambridge Platform


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Cambridge Platform,

declaration of principles of church government and discipline, forming in fact a constitution of the Congregational churches. It was adopted (1648) by a church synod at Cambridge, Mass., and remains the basis of the temporal government of the churches. It had little to do with matters of doctrine and belief. The Congregationalists of Connecticut later subscribed (1708), in the Saybrook Platform, to a more centralized church government, resembling Presbyterianism. See also CongregationalismCongregationalism,
type of Protestant church organization in which each congregation, or local church, has free control of its own affairs. The underlying principle is that each local congregation has as its head Jesus alone and that the relations of the various congregations
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The Cambridge Synod of Congregational Churches was convened by the General Court of Massachusetts to draw up the Cambridge Platform, the constitution of Congressional churches in the Massachusetts, Plymouth, New Haven, and Connecticut colonies.
In 1648 The Cambridge Platform, signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, established the principles of church government for Congregationalism.

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