The Westminster Shorter Catechism of 1647

Translated into 21st Century American English

Edition: March 13, 2018


Table of Contents


Notes to the Reader


The Westminster Shorter Catechism - Questions 1–10

Questions 11–20

Questions 21–30

Questions 31–40

Questions 41–50

Questions 51–60

Questions 61–70

Questions 71–80

Questions 81–90

Questions 91–100

Questions 101–107

Appendix A: Notes on Memorization

Appendix B: Background and Editorial Philosophy



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