Paul Poppe wrote why he likes catechisms. There is much to commend in what he writes. I especially appreciate the four reasons that he lists that favor the use of catechisms in the training of our children. However, though Paul rightly corrects some of the common objections to catechism use (e.g., “Isn’t this indoctrination?”), perhaps some will be unclear where they are to begin. This is probably especially relevant for those who come from a theological tradition that does not make use of catechisms. So where should you turn if you are interested in using catechisms?
I want to recommend two resources that I believe are equally helpful in thinking through whether or not you are going to make use of a catechism with your children (or in your congregation). The first resource is written by Tom J. Nettles – Teaching Truth, Training Hearts: the study of catechisms in Baptist life. Nettles essentially offers his readers an introduction to the various catechisms that Baptists have used and offers helpful guidelines on the proper use of catechism.