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An Aid to the Heidelberg Catechism


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Thelemann’s exposition on the Heidelberg Catechism is a faithful representation of the doctrines and truths which constitute the heritage of the Reformed churches, and to which most of these churches are still devoted in faithful allegiance and loyalty of heart. The type of doctrine which is characteristic of the Reformed churches in all lands has been the means of making heroes and martyrs in the warfare of faith, and these truths, consecrated by the sufferings and blood of many faithful witnesses, are left to the church as a priceless legacy. The Reformed church will hold in undying remembrance the labors of Zwingli and Calvin, Frederick the Pious and his co-laborers, and of the host of those who have labored to establish the church upon the immovable foundation of the pure Word of God. An Aid to the Heidelberg Catechism provides practical exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism; the text of the questions and answers is based upon that of the first edition of the catechism published in 1563, adapted in its phraseology to modern modes of speech. It also includes an important appendix which provides a succinct and informing history of the Catechism.

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“‘A Christian catechism is a brief and clear explanation of Christian doctrine, adapted to the intellectual capacity of the uninstructed, drawn from the writings of the prophets and apostles, and divided into definite questions and answers.’” (Page ix)

“He is awaited as the comfort of Israel. ‘I am my own master’ means the same as ‘I am my own slave.’ From this arises the slavery of sin. Rom. 6:20 (servants of sin), 2 Pet. 2:19 (servants of corruption). Cain was his own master, Gen. 4:7, 8, 13. Esau also, Heb. 12:17, and Saul, 1 Sam. 15:19, 23; 31:4. As long as I am my own and must rely on myself alone, I must provide for myself. Cares bring and increase trouble, but give no comfort. But if Christ is my Lord and I am His property, He therefore cares for me, and this stills all care and unrest, and gives the true comfort. 1 Pet. 2:9, Rom. 14:8. See Mark 8, on the feeding of the four thousand. Luke 22:35, John 10:15.” (Pages 2–3)

“‘It would not only be desirable that perfect unanimity as to the doctrines of salvation should prevail everywhere, but also that all Churches should use the same catechism. But as for various reasons it can scarcely ever be expected that every Church should be willing to give up its particular form, there is no use in disputing about the matter. Only let the diversity in the instruction be sufficiently guarded, that we all may be led to the one Christ, and being bound to one another by His truth, may be united into one body and in one spirit, so that we shall proclaim with united voice the cardinal doctrines of the faith.’” (Pages ix–x)

  • Title: An Aid to the Heidelberg Catechism
  • Author: Otto Thelemann
  • Publisher: James I. Good
  • Print Publication Date: 1896
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Era: era:modern
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Reformed Church › Catechisms and creeds--English; Reformed Church in the United States › History
  • Resource ID: LLS:HEIDAID
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.confessional-document
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T03:50:16Z

Otto Thelemann was superintendent of churches in Lippe, Germany. His other works include Calvin’s Life and Friedrich Adolf Lamp: His Life and Theology.


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