Sunday 18 May 2008

Robert Jenson's large catechism

A while back, I told you about my happy discovery of a little-known work by Robert W. Jenson: his Large Catechism (1991). It has been impossible to get a copy of this, since it was produced on an extremely small print run. But a reader of F&T has just informed me that it has now been reprinted. The new printing includes an introduction by Gregory P. Fryer – and it’s available direct from the publishers for just 4 dollars. I’ll be ordering a copy or two right away!

You can see my earlier post for some excerpts from the booklet – including this one, which sums up Jenson’s whole theological vision:

“In our fallen religion, we think salvation would be escape from temporal existence, from the threats and opportunities of an open future…. But the true God is the one coming as the future rushes upon us; he is life rather than release from life. His very identity is set by what he does in time” (p. 8).


Anonymous said...

Any idea what age group Jenson's Large Catechism is slated for? Would it be conceivable to use it for Confirmation age (a 15 year-old)? Thanks for the update.

Anonymous said...

What about this make you recommend it?

Ben Myers said...

Hi Rita and Anon: Yes, I think it could certainly be used for a 15-year-old. It's very crisp and succinct and accessible; and the fact that it follows the traditional catechismal structure (Ten Commandments, Apostles' Creed, Lord's Prayer, sacraments) would make it perfect for a confirmation class.

Anonymous said...

Oh man, I need to get my hands on this. I'm happy to hear you think it is accessible to a 15 year old. Speaking of accessible Catechisms from amazing theologians, check out Hebert McCabe's The Teaching of the Catholic Church: A New Catechism of Christian Doctrine.

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