I had posted previously on various editions and versions of children’s catechisms, here, here and here. A recent accession to the PCA Historical Center provides yet another. In this case, it is a brief composition titled “Short and Easy Questions for Children” and it is printed on the back cover of an edition of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. This particular edition was printed in Toronto, Canada by Copp, Clark & Company, Limited, but there is no date of publication. Nor did I see this edition referenced in Carruther’s Three Centuries of the Shorter Catechism (1957).
Lastly,there is no indication as to who authored this children’s catechism.
SHORT AND EASY QUESTIONS FOR CHILDREN.
Q. Who is your Creator?
A. The great God that made the world.
Q. Who is your preserver?
A. The same God that made me.
Q. What are you made and maintained for?
A. To glorify God.
Q. How many persons are there in the Godhead?
A. Three, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and these three are one.
Q. What is your duty to this God as your Creator?
A. It is my duty to fear and honor Him.
Q. What is the rule of your faith and obedience?
A. The Holy Scriptures.
Q. What is the excellency of the Scriptures?
A. That they are the words of God.
Q. Who were your first parents?
A. Adam and Eve.
Q. What condition did God create them in?
A. Holy and happy.
Q. How did they lose their holiness and happiness?
A. By their disobedience to the command of God in eating the forbidden fruit
Q. What condition are we all born in?
A. Sinful and miserable.
Q. Who is it that saves us out of this sad condition?
A. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the only Mediator between God and Man.
Q. Who was Jesus Christ?
A. The eternal Son of God.
Q. What did He to redeem and save us?
A. He took our nature on Him, and became man.
Q. What life did he live in that nature?
A. A life of perfect holiness.
Q. What doctrine did he preach?
A. A true and excellent doctrine concerning God, Himself, and another world.
Q. What miracles did He work to confirm His doctrine?
A. He healed the sick with a word speaking, raised the dead, cast out devils, and many other the like.
Q. What death did he die?
A. The cursed death of the cross, to satisfy our sins, and to reconcile us to God.
Q. What became of Him after He was dead?
A. He rose again from the dead on the third day, and ascended up into heaven.
Q. Where is He now?
A. At the right hand of God, making intercession for us, and hath all power both in heaven and earth.
Q. When will He come again?
A. At the last day, in glorious majesty, to judge the world.
Q. Into whose name were you baptized?
A. Into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Q. What was the meaning of your being so baptized?
A. I was thereby given up in a covenant way to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Q. Which way must you take the Lord for your God?
A. I must take God the Father for my chief good and highest end ; God the Son for my Prince and Saviour ; and God the Holy Ghost for my sanctifier, teacher, guide and comforter.
Q. What is the substance of the gospel call unto sinners?
A. Repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus.
Q. What is the first and great commandment?
A. To love God with all our heart.
Q. What is the second, which is like unto it?
A. To love our neighbour as ourselves ; and to show it by doing as we would be done by.
Q. What is the honour you owe to God?
A. I must never take his name in vain but read His word, meditate upon it, and frame my life according to it.
Q. What comes of those who do so, when they die?
A. They go into a state of everlasting rest and joy with God and Jesus Christ.