Keach's Catechism

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Benjamin Keach was pilloried for writing a catechism.

The Keach's Catechism (also known as the 1677 Baptist Catechism or 1693 Baptist Catechism) is a Reformed Baptist catechism consisting of a set of 118 basic questions and answers from scripture teaching readers the basics of the Reformed Baptist faith.

The Catechism is similar to the earlier Heidelberg Catechism and Westminster Catechism except for the sections on baptism. It followed the 1677 Baptist Confession which was later ratified by over 100 baptist congregations as the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. The Confession was written by English Particular Baptists, who held to a Calvinistic analysis to give a formal scriptural explanation of their Christian faith from a Baptist perspective. One of the preachers active in creating Confession of Faith, Benjamin Keach, is often attributed with the writing of the Baptist Catechism commonly known as "Keach's Catechism", although it was likely compiled by William Collins, Keach's associate in drafting the Confession. The catechism was officially published by the British Baptists in 1693. The confession which the catechism was based upon was later adopted by the Philadelphia Baptist Association in 1742 in America.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Haynes, David C; Haynes, Dudley C (1857), The Baptist denomination: its history, doctrines, and ordinances..., Sheldon, Blakeman & co, p. 75 .
  2. ^ Copeland, David A (2001), Benjamin Keach and the development of Baptist traditions in seventeenth-century England, E Mellen Press .

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