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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed; First edition (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875525482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875525488
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 11.7 x 0.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YBR on 16 Nov. 2010
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Very impressed with this product, although would have liked to have the Scripture proofs included. All-in-all a very well-priced and neat booklet. Recommended!
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By Keith Bolton on 22 Aug. 2013
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Know your stuff! This little booklet is well worth the money. 107 questions with their answers. A job well done. Learning by heart all these truths will give you great confidence as a Christian.
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Excellant version of the Shorter Catechism. Far easier to understand and explain to a child than the traditional version, and no translation needed!
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By Mrs Mac on 5 Feb. 2015
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Just what I needed.
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An Outstanding, Multi-Purpose Teaching Tool 7 April 2003
By J. F Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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This modern translation of the Westminster Shorter Catechism has become the standard modern rendering of this catechism and is a most profitable tool.
As is indicated in the short introduction to this work, the authors/translators were committed to making the Shorter Catechism accessible to today's readers in order to maintain its viability as a modern teaching tool and liturgical reference. The original language of the Shorter Catechism is sometimes difficult to follow, and this resulted in a decreasing emphasis upon its use. This translation eliminates this problem, and allows for a succinct and very faithful reintroduction of the Shorter Catechism to the masses via Reformed liturgy and instruction.
This modern version is quite lucid. As a result, it is a teaching tool that can be used with children, as well as incorporating it into regular worship in ways that seasoned Christians, new Christians, and interested non-Christians can understand and follow. As I will mention below, this is really critical.
It is important to address the major objection that always seems to come up whenever there is an undertaking to produce a 'modern rendering' of some centuries old work. Inevitably, the charge of 'dumbing down' is raised, where it is asserted that by creating a modern version, the accuracy of the original is compromised for the sake of contemporary ease of comprehension. And while I think this objection always has merit to the extent that we should always be very discerning about the faithfulness of any modern work to the original, I find that this particular objection is not valid in this instance. This modern rendering is very faithful to the original, and very accurate in communicating the distinctive truths of Reformed theology. In works like this, there has to be a balance between accessibility and accuracy. Jettisoning accuracy in the interest of accessibility is a bad idea that should always be rejected. However, that does not universally mean that it is impossible to accurately and faithfully make a previously inaccessible work accessible to people today. As a result, I believe this modern rendering is keeping with perhaps the greatest ecclesiastical tenet of the Reformation - the belief that Scripture should be accessible and available to laypeople, rather than confined among a powerful ecclesiastical elite. As the Reformation produced an explosion of Bible knowledge among the masses as a result of taking the Bible out of the priests of Rome and affirming the priesthood of all believers, so this work should take the Shorter Catechism out of the realm of the seminaries and back to the churches as a vibrant and vital teaching tool of Reformed theology. Highly recommended.
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Wonderful... but lacking 2 Dec. 2007
By K. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful update of the Shorter Catechism. It makes it more accessible without changing the actual meaning of the Q. and A. The only downside of this particular publication is that the Scripture proofs are lacking. I had to buy this AND the original WSC with Scripture proofs. If anyone knows of this modernization with the proofs incorporated in, I would love to know about it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I wish this had wider circulation! 5 Feb. 2011
By Pink - Published on Amazon.com
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Trying to memorize the Shorter Catechism is never going to be easy because the answers are long in order to be complete. Unfortunately, the original version is also filled with "haths" and "continueths" and "executeths," etc which do not make it any easier to remember.

The Shorter Catechism in Modern English is, in my opinion, a great update. They've been able to make it more manageable while not losing the completeness and truth of the original wording.

Highly recommend it. I did all my memorization from this one, and I actually bought a copy for a poor kid I know who is struggling to learn the old version.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Marginal translation using NIV + no verse backup = Woefully lacking 2 May 2013
By Parchment Purveyor - Published on Amazon.com
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NIV is the Bible of choice for the authors & editors of this translation of this version of the WSC (Westminster Shorter Catechism). I will be going back to the original WSC that I own for the following reasons.

This is the most disappointing book purchase to date. It is affordable and after purchasing it I have a better understanding of reason. It is short, the size of a pamphlet and without scripture backup. That alone has changed what has made the WSC beloved and treasured for centuries. WSC has endured the test of time and I believe that it is because of the scriptural backup. I can see authorial intent and the wisdom as I follow along with the bible verses. The 1,2,3 punch is the scripture backup.

I find it would be more honest to state that this is based on the NIV version rather than Modern English. If I had seen that I would not have purchased it. Stating Modern English suggests that it is in a formal translation such as ESV, NASB or NKJV that is respected, concise and scholarly.

I was hoping for a concise version but was drawn by the Modern English as I had assumed it would use a formal translation/equivalent Bible. There are better versions that speak in plain English upon which to draw your "Modern English".

NIV aside, this just doesn't read or provoke you to go to your Bible. You read it and that's that. You don't study these truths that men of history have penned, loved and deemed as the 2nd most important piece of writing after the Bible. I was changed after reading the original WSC with scripture proofs and it deepened my understanding of man, God and why I am here. More importantly I have a deeper love for God, an understanding of the need to evangelize and a richer understanding of why I believe what I believe. And I have scripture to back it up.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's a pamphlet. 27 Feb. 2014
By A. Kang - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought I was gonna get a book, but it's this tiny pamphlet that you can get from a local church for "free"
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