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Elector Frederick III, ruler of the Palatinate from 1559 to 1576, commissioned the composition of a new Catechism for his territory. While the catechism’s introduction credits the “entire theological faculty here” (at the University of Heidelberg) and “all the superintendents and prominent servants of the church” for the composition of the catechism, Zacharius Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus are commonly regarded as the catechism’s principal authors. Translated into nearly every spoken language and republished by millions; no book, perhaps, has gone through more editions, except the Bible, Bunyan’s Pilgrim, and Kempis. Read more »

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The basic creed of biblical churches, as most familiarly known, is called the Apostles’ Creed. It has received this title because of its great antiquity; it dates from very early times in the Church, a half century or so from the last writings of the New Testament. Read more »

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In 1643 when the Long Parliament of England called the Westminster Assembly to produce the Westminster Confession; it also asked for a directory of “catechizing.” In January 1647 the Assembly gave up writing one catechism and split it into two–the Shorter Catechism was to be more concise for beginners and the Larger Catechism was to be more exact and comprehensive, covering material for Christians who were already familiar with the basic doctrines. The Catechism was completed by the Westminster Assembly in 1647 and ever since has served the Reformed and Presbyterian churches well. Read more »

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The Westminster Shorter Catechism (also known simply as the Shorter Catechism, or the WSC) was written in the 1640s by English and Scottish divines. The Assembly also produced the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger Catechism. The three documents are considered by many to be the grandest doctrinal statements to come out of the English Reformation. Completed in 1647, it was presented to the Long Parliament on April 14 1648. Read more »

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The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession of faith in the Calvinist theological tradition. Although drawn up by the 1646 Westminster Assembly, largely of the Church of England, it became the ‘subordinate standard’ of doctrine in the Church of Scotland and has been influential within Presbyterian churches worldwide. With selected changes it has also been adopted by some Congregationalists and was the basis for the 1689 London Baptist Confession. Read more »

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