This brief work for teen and adult Confirmation preparation, and for use in newcomer’s classes in congregations, is based on the 1662 Book of Common Prayer catechism, which is noteworthy for its brevity: Only five subjects are covered: What happened in one’s Baptism, The Apostles’ Creed, The Law, The Lord’s Prayer, and the Sacraments that Christ ordained—all of which are at the heart of Christian believing and living.
The author’s experience is that many people who were catechized with the 1662 catechism had remembered much from that foundational experience, which came frequently to their minds, strengthening their faith and resolve throughout the rest of their lives. Thus, A Short Course is based on questions and answers that can be memorized.
Simply put, A Short Course combines the brevity of the 1662 with texts from the Book of Common Prayer 2019. We pray that this simple approach will prove to be helpful, easy to use, and effective in the days ahead.
We do not wish to suggest that A Short Course has been approved by the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America or its Catechesis Task Force. It is
intended to be a supplemental catechetical resource only, and should not substitute in the least way for the Church’s authorized Catechism, To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism, Approved Edition, © 2020 The Anglican Church in North America, published by Crossway, the publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.