The Children's Shorter Catechism

Puritan Publications
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 The Children's Shorter Catechism is an extremely effective way in teaching young children the basic principles of the Bible, and the Reformed Faith. It is taken from the 1647 Westminster Shorter Catechism and is housed in simple language which will aid children to learn fundamental Christian truths that are of utmost importance in the larger scope of God's redemptive plan for his church. Each question also has Scripture references which prove out the  answer, allowing each question to be turned into a time of family devotion and bible study. 

This new version brings some of the antiquated language of the catechism up to date for younger children, and has been carefully translated for accuracy (it is not a scan or facsimile).

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 C. Matthew McMahon is an American Calvinist Reformed theologian and adjunct professor at Whitefield Theological Seminary. He is the founder and chairman of A Puritan's Mind where the ministry started as an internet hub and center for students of the Bible concerning Reformed Theology and Covenant Theology. He also started "The Puritanboard" as a chat room that is exclusively for those holding to Reformed Creeds and Confessions and members in good standing in reformed churches. A Puritan's Mind ( is home to Covenant Theology, Reformed Theology and Reformation and Puritan writings, articles and books. He is also the founder of Puritan Publications which publishes Reformed and Puritan works from the 17th century.

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Puritan Publications
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Jul 16, 2014
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Juvenile Nonfiction / Religion / Bible Stories / General
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