The question-and-answer form of catechesis was popularized by Martin Luther, with the goal of teaching the meaning and application of Scripture and the creeds, as opposed to simple memorization. Realizing that more modern clerical instruction has left many evangelicals without a foundation in basic doctrine, Reformed theologian J. I. Packer remarked, “For the rest of my life this is what I shall be at, trying to promote the catechism.” For centuries, the Westminster Shorter Catechism has been the standard in Reformed catechesis, introducing youth and new believers to fundamental doctrines, and constantly refreshing the faith of mature Christians.
Select Works on the Westminster Shorter Catechism includes 35 volumes of enduring scholarship, including John Flavel’s and Matthew Henry’s expositions, Thomas Watson’s A Body of Practical Divinity, James Fisher’s question-and-answer explanation of the Catechism, and Ashbel Green’s Lectures on the Shorter Catechism. A variety of classic resources ranging from history to criticism make this an invaluable resource for studying the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
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The Westminster Assembly of Divines was a synod of British clergy, theologians, and members of Parliament during the lead-up to the British Civil War tasked with restructuring the Church of England. It began on July 1, 1643, with a sermon preached by William Twisse in the nave of Westminster Abbey. Most of the Assembly ceased attending meetings after the new regime required an oath of engagement to the Commonwealth in 1649, though nominal meetings continued into the 1650s. The Assembly produced the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, liturgical manuals for the Churches of England and Scotland, and other subordinate standards. The Assembly worked in the Reformed tradition according to covenant theology, taking the Bible as the authoritative word of God. Though the Assembly’s work was repudiated during the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the Confession of Faith and other standards remained the definitive Reformed confessional literature throughout the English-speaking world.