A Catechism for Today is presented to the church to be used for the instruction of young people proceeding to professing their faith. It is also intended for use by adult study groups, new membership classes and by individuals who may wish to have a “question and answer” introduction to the main beliefs of the Christian faith.
This catechism is written by and for Presbyterians, yet it contains, as John Calvin said, “articles of faith common to all Christians.” Like the Heidelberg Catechism, this new catechism has been divided into 52 sections so that it may be used as an insert in Sunday church bulletins. The catechetical form of instruction is a time-honoured method that goes back to ancient Israel (Exodus 12:26), was used widely in the early church and became particularly popular at the time of the Protestant sixteenth-century Reformation to address and overcome the problem of widespread ignorance of basic Christian teaching.
By focusing on the Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer, this catechism is a useful manual of instruction in the Christian ABCs for young people and lay people in general.
A Catechism for Today was commended as a teaching resource by the 130th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada in 2004.
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