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
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