When Elector Frederick III commissioned the production of a new catechism for his palatine realm, he could not have imagined the enduring effect it would have on future generations of Christians. In his 1563 Preface
, Frederick explains the purpose for compiling the catechism"
"This was done so that in the future not only will young people be instructed in the Christian doctrine in a godly manner and admonished in unanimity, but also so that pastors and schoolteachers themselves have a reliable model and a solid standard."
The essays gathered here in A Faith Worth teaching: The Heidelberg Catechism's Enduring Heritage
examine closely the enduring message of this "reliable model" and "solid standard" in celebration of its 450th anniversary.
Part 1 considers the history and background of the Heidelberg Catechism
. 'Part 2' argues for the ongoing relevance of the Catechism
in the contemporary world, while 'part 3' elaborates on its doctrinal expression and 'part 4' examines its ongoing usefulness as a catechetical tool. Contributors Include:
- Herman J. Selderhaus
- Lyle D. Bierma
- Willem van't Spijker
- Mark Jones
- Daniel R. Hyde
- Cornelius P. Venema
- Michael S. Horton
- Joel R. Beeke
- W. Robert Godfrey
- Wim Verboom
- Darryl G. hart
- Victor E. d' Assonville
"This is a wonderful collection of articles, both practical and scholarly. There is much here to help us understand the history, the theology, and the continuing relevance of the Heidelberg Catechism. As we preach through the Heidelberg in our church I will certainly consult this book often. It prompted me to think again and again 'Isn't the Catechism remarkable ' and, more importantly, 'Isn't the gospel amazing '"
Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor at University Reformed Church, Lansing, Michigan, and author of The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism
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