Friday, October 30, 2009

Essential Truths in the Heart of a Christian

Thanks once again to the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, which has added another volume to its list of translated "Classics of Reformed Spirituality." The newest contribution is a translation of William Schortinghuis' (1700-1750) Essential Truths in the Heart of a Christian.

It is a catechism covering in 40 chapters the main points of Christian life and theology as taught by Scripture. Written as an introduction to the Reformed Faith, it was popular in its time and place. Schortinghuis was a leader of the later Dutch Further Reformation, or Nadere Reformatie, and not without controversy within the movement, but this work gained the approval of the Dutch orthodox in the 18th century, and should be well received by the orthodox English-speaking world of the 21st century. I have read it, and am grateful for the labors of the DTRS in making this volume available to us today.

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