Six Principles

From our foundation in 1877, our teaching and the ethos of our community have reflected the beliefs and values of evangelical Anglicanism. The term 'evangelical' has many current meanings; in the Anglican sense, it refers to the theological wisdom, spirituality, love of Scripture, and commitment to learning characteristic of the Protestant Reformation. Hence our doctrinal orientation is best expressed in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of the Church of England, as we have summarized and interpreted them in a set of statements known as the Six Principles of the College. Trustees, faculty, and students alike subscribe to these Principles:
1.    The sufficiency and supremacy of Holy Scripture as the rule of faith.
2.    Justification by the free grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
3.    One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, the company of all faithful people, among whom the pure Word of God is preached and the Sacraments are duly administered.
4.    The sufficiency and perfection of Christ's sacrifice once made upon the Cross and the priesthood in Christ of the whole Church, of which the ordained ministry is representative.
5.    The historic episcopate, a primitive and effective instrument for maintaining the unity and continuity of the Church.
6.    The presence of Christ by his gift in the hearts of all who worthily and with faith receive the Holy Communion.