As related in the Introduction, accurate translation of the meaning of the original text of the Westminster Larger Catechism is a vital and important goal. Nonetheless, however accurate the translation may be, if it is not accessible to the reader all is lost. Thus, readability is a paramount and overriding consideration. For this purpose, the following changes have been made during translation:
The original WLC has a certain majestic terseness and style which is, as is common in translations, greatly diminished by the editor’s current work. This is regrettable, but not so nearly regrettable as when a person is denied access to these eternal truths due to difficulties in reading comprehension. In particular, the frequent use of bulleted lists may surprise or irritate some readers. But quoting from Grammar-Quizzes.com:
Block text visually runs text together. It is wordy
but saves space. Using more than three or four
lines on a web page causes the reader to skip over
the last few lines. Did you actually read this last
A bulleted or numbered list:
· Visually emphasizes information
· Capsulizes a concept
· Facilitates reading comprehension.
The quoted block text, particularly the last line, may shock the highly educated, but the editor wishes to serve as many readers as possible.
The editor used Bower’s The Larger Catechism, A Critical Text and Introduction as the source text, and Constitution of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America as a check text. Reference was also made to other published WLC texts, as well as primary and secondary historical sources where necessary, to ascertain the meaning of a word or phrase.
The editor welcomes constructive feedback and corrections at the email address given below. (The address is a graphic to foil harvesting by spammers.) The editor will particularly appreciate notice of errors that cause the translation to fail to faithfully convey the original meaning of the text of the WLC.
 Grammar-Quizzes.com, http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/punc-lists.html (accessed November 29, 2014).
John, R., The Larger Catechism, A
Critical Text and Introduction (
 Constitution of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, A-5, http://reformedpresbyterian.org/downloads/constitution2010.pdf (accessed September 30, 2014).