Heidelberg CatechismPosted: February 9, 2009
You might be a Calvinist if… your going to buy this! (Release Date: February 11, 2009)
In The Church’s Book of Comfort, Willem van ’t Spijker and his team of scholars present an introductory investigation into the history, theology, and impact of the Heidelberg Catechism. The authors give careful attention to the background of the Reformation in Germany, the production of the Catechism, and the lives of those involved in making the Catechism. Interesting details are given about the practice of using catechisms before 1563, and the reception of the Heidelberg Catechism among the Reformed churches. Emphasis is also placed on the practice of Catechism preaching and the efforts to increase theological education among congregations. Readers will see the rich theological dimensions of the Catechism and its call for experiential religion. The Heidelberg Catechism has long been known for its warm display of orthodox doctrines, and this helpful book further displays the importance of this classic confessional statement.
The Heidelberg Catechism has always been and continues to be one of the best-known confessional statements of the Western church. Many associate it with catechetical instruction or the broader teaching role of the church. How did this particular Catechism acquire and retain such popularity? The present volume answers this question in an easy-to-follow and user-friendly manner by exploring the historical background and theology of this book of the church’s comfort. It offers the reader new and exciting insights. For the first time ever all persons involved in its compilation are portrayed. Particular attention is given to its reception and influence in the Netherlands through preaching and catechetical instruction. In addition this book addresses the question as to why this Catechism continues to be enormously relevant. This splendidly illustrated edition is eminently suitable as a guide to the use of the Heidelberg Catechism.