The system of theology contained in the Westminster shorter catechism opened and explained

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WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM,
EXPLAINED.OPENED AND
I.-BELIEF CONCERNING GOD.PART
BY
REV. A. A. HODGE, D. D.
REQUIRED OF MAN.PART II.—DUTY
BY
REV. J. ASPINWALL HODGE, D. D.
NEW YORK:
& SON,A. C. ARMSTRONG
Broadway.714
1888.COPYRIGHT, 1888,
BY J. ASPINWALL HODGE.
Westcott & Thomson,
Stereotypers and Philada.jElectrolypers,PREFACE
are theThere is an increasing desire to know what
doctrines of Christianity as revealed in the word of God.
Laymen, as Avell as ministers, are recognizing the neces-
sity of having clear views of God's plan of salvation,
impart them others.and of being able to to
qnicken and satisfy this desire seems to have beenTo
a cherished pnrpose of Kev. A. A. Hodge, D. D., both
chnrch, class-as pastor and professor. In the home,
the platform, he sought toroom, by the press and on
popularize theology. His success was manifest in the
numbers who sought to hear him, and in their increas-
therefore readilying interest in his instructions. He
wlien asked to prepare a concise text-book forassented
theoloo^ical instruction. He naturallv determined to make
for it wasa brief exposition of the Shorter Catechism,
tlie learned divines of the Westminsterprepared by
Assembly, it is the most comprehensive and accurate
con-statement of Christian doctrine, it is a part of the
Church, and, it is adaptedstitution of our Presbyterian
popular instruction, having been prepared for theto
truth atyoung that they might be early taught the
sudden deathhome and in the church. Dr. Hodge's
left the work incomplete. He had, however, written
"Part I., the most important, which sets forth whatPilEFACE.4
coneeriiing His cousin,luun is to believe God." J,
Hodge, has endeavored to carry out bis planAspinwall
"in preparing Part II., wbicb teacbes wbat duty God
is publishedrequires of man." The whole now for
in the Church, to enable parents to makegeneral use
home instruction intelligent and correct, to encourage
the formation of adult classes in the Sabbath-schools
of the doctrines of the Church, to fur-for the study
nish our elders with a clear and brief exposition of
the system of doctrine which they" are required sin-
candi-cerely to receive and adopt, and to give our
dates for the ministry, at the very beginning of their
course, a general view, Avith clear outlines, of God's
uature and his gracious plan of salvation, and of man's
condition and duty, which they are to devote their
lives to study and to preach.
that mayIt is earnestly hoped these euds be accom-
"plished, and that many will be led to glorify God
and to enjoy him for ever.'^
J. A. H.
Hartford, Conn.