Daily Archives: April 13, 2011

Rewriting the Westminister Shorter Catechism for a New Generation

I’ve never studied the Westminster Standards – they’re simply not part of my heritage. But lately I’ve been reading the shorter and larger catechism and thought it would be a good idea to teach them as I go. So I have begun a process of teaching through the Westminster Shorter Catechism to my Wednesday night Youth. We began the odyssey by first going over

  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Lord’s Prayer and
  • The Apostles Creed.

Note that I’m not placing the Apostles Creed on level par with the Bible. As Hodge Comments in his Commentary on the Westminster Confession…

The real question is not, as often pretended, between the word of God and the creed of man, but between the tried and proved faith of the collective body of God’s people, and the private judgment and the unassisted wisdom of the repudiator of creeds.

The attention of the Church has been specially directed to the study of one doctrine in one age, and of another doctrine in another age. And as she has thus gradually advanced in the clear discrimination of gospel truth, she has at different periods set down an accurate statement of the results of her new attainments in a Creed or Confession of Faith, for the purpose of preservation and popular instruction.
Archibald Alexander Hodge, A Commentary on the Confession of Faith: With Questions for Theological Students and Bible Classes (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), 20.

So I began my first night teaching last week beginning with the grand question, “What is the Chief End of Man?” (Man’s Chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.)