Review: The Shorter Catechism Explained from Scripture

The Shorter Catechism Explained from Scripture (Puritan Paperbacks)The Shorter Catechism Explained from Scripture by Thomas Vincent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An updated version in more modern language would turn this helpful resource into a fantastic one. As it stands, the prose is a hindrance. The content, however, is very good. I was struck, though, by the sheer dominance of the sections on the Ten Commandments, which takes up nearly half of the book. And while that might be a helpful corrective today, it certainly affects the overall feel and tone of the book, I think in a less than positive direction.

While some Reformed folk today will have trouble swallowing some of Vincent’s interpretations (viz., when he articulates the WSC’s teaching on the sacraments as effectual means of salvation), his careful work and historical proximity to the Standards make this a valuable tool for understanding a key foundation of Reformed theology.

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