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Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children Paperback – October 1, 2000
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"A persuasive call to the grand tradition of catechizing our covenant children. May the church hear and heed this call. If we do, perhaps we will reap a harvest of stalwart saints who are zealous for Christ's crown and covenant." --Susan Hunt
"One of the most important and practical tools for pastors, parents, and teachers that I have come across in recent years. I plan on ordering it in boxes." --Michael S. Horton
"Van Dyken sets a tone of optimism and joy about this central duty and unspeakable privilege that God has given his church. Even those who do not share his commitment to the baptism of infants can benefit from his cogent argument and helpful suggestions." --Tom J. Nettles
About the Author
Donald Van Dyken is pastor of the Orthodox Christian Reformed Church of Sunnyside, Washington, and has been an avid teacher of catechism for over twenty years.
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The word "catechism" is derived from the Greek "katecheo" meaning "to sound down", or echo back. A teacher plants the truth in the mind of his student by means of the question and answer method--a method employed by Socrates, lawyers, judges, investigative reporters, and all good teachers. A teacher who catechizes is like the doctor--(the words were originally synonyms)--who probes, tests, and monitors his patient to the point of soundness.
Van Dyken deals wisely with the common objection "no creed but Christ." He makes the case that true doctrine unites rather than divides, and employs a number of useful metaphors for catechisms and the catechetical method. Catechisms never replace the Bible but they do bring the great truths of the Scripture into orderly focus.
Making this book of great practical value to the churches, Van Dyken shares his time-tested catechetical methods with the reader, and makes recommendations for putting together a biblical catechetical program. Chapter notes and appendices are included in the back, listing selected confessions and catechisms, as well as publishers and bookstores (including e-mail addresses) so that any church should find this small book of 146 pages very helpful.