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Summary

This has been a consistent best seller and one of the most useful and influential publications. There are several reasons for this:

1. The subject of the book. It deals with the foremost doctrinal and experimental truths of the Christian Faith.

2. The means of instruction used. It is based on the Westminster Assembly’s Shorter Catechism, in which the main principles of Christianity that lie scattered in the Scriptures are brought together and set forth in the form of question and answer. This Catechism is unsurpassed for its ‘terse exactitude of definition’ and ‘logical elaboration’ of the fundamentals.

3. The style of the author. Watson conveys his thorough doctrinal and experimental knowledge of the truth in such an original, concise, pithy, pungent, racy, rich and illustrative style that he is rightly regarded as the most readable of the Puritans.

Here is one of the mightiest of the Puritans, expounding the Westminster Confession, supporting it with the Scripture, teaching its grand theology, and applying its life-changing truths. This is a God-centered presentation of Reformed teaching, written in an accessible, engaging style.”
—Steven Lawson

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