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The Larger Catechism: A Critical Text and Introduction
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The Larger Catechism: A Critical Text and Introduction


Reformation Heritage 2010

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In The Larger Catechism: A Critical Text and Introduction, John Bower provides extensive historical background for the making of this landmark Reformed catechism. He traces the history of the Assembly’s efforts from the initial call for a catechism, through deliberations on its form and content, and down to the intricate process of monitoring its printing.

The centerpiece of this volume is Bower’s critical text of the catechism. Painstakingly researched and indexed, the critical text is supported by a four-column comparison of the authoritative manuscripts and printings. Graced with a glossary and a catalog of corrected proof-texts, Bower’s text is a benchmark for future study, modern editions, and foreign translations.

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Key Features

  • Features a critical text of the Westminster Larger Catechism
  • Presents additional texts in a four-column format ideal for comparing authoritative texts
  • Provides a basis for future editions of the text, non-English editions, and future research


  • The Making of the Catechism
  • One Catechism for Three Kingdoms
  • Exact and Comprehensive: A New Catechism
  • Completing the Work
  • Manuscripts and Editions
  • Critical Editing Methods and Conventions
  • A Critical Edition of the Larger Catechism
  • Authoritative Texts: A Parallel Column Companion

Praise for the Print Edition

The Westminster Standards are today of interest both to the confessional tradition of Reformed Christianity and to a growing number of scholars who see the Westminster Assembly as an important factor in understanding British politics and religion in the seventeenth century. Thus, the arrival of this new series, dedicated to the production of scholarly editions of documents associated with the Assembly, will be greeted with pleasure by both groups. This first volume, a critical edition of the Larger Catechism, will no doubt rapidly establish itself—and the series as a whole—as a standard starting-point for anyone wishing to learn more about Reformed life and thought as articulated by the Westminster Divines.

—Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary

John Bower has produced an excellent critical text of the Westminster Larger Catechism, accompanied by a fine introduction to the document. Given the vagaries of seventeenth-century publication and the existence of two highly significant pre-publication manuscripts, Bower's careful editing of the text and comparative display of both manuscripts and of the two primary printed versions of the Catechism is a major contribution to the study of the Assembly's work. This volume marks an auspicious beginning for a promising series.

Richard A. Muller, author, Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms

Product Details

  • Title: The Larger Catechism: A Critical Text and Introduction
  • Author: John Bower
  • Series: Principal Documents of the Westminster Assembly
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 287

About John Bower

John Bower is adjunct professor of church history at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America for more than 20 years, and recently began a church plant in Aurora, Ohio. Dr. Bower also serves as attending physician, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, at Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio, and assistant professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology/Immunology at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio.

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