The Larger Catechism is for ministers, to be explained from the pulpit; the Shorter Catechism is for instruction of the young. Both were approved by the Eng. parliament 1648, the Scot. Ch. adopted them 1648 and again 1690, after temporary repeal under Charles II (see England, C 1). The Shorter Catechism is noted for terse brevity and precision; it differs from most other catechisms in the following: (1) The question is embodied in the answer; (2) A new, logical order of topics is substituted for the old hist. order in the Apostles' Creed; (3) It deals in dogmas rather than facts, addressing the intellect rather than the heart; (4) The questions are put in an impersonal form, instead of addressing the learner directly; (5) The answers are theol. and metaphysical. See also Scotland, Reformation in, 1.
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