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The Westminster Larger Catechism is a treasure of the Reformed tradition. More in depth than both the Westminster Confession and most other Reformed confessions and creeds produced in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Larger Catechism is invaluable for understanding Calvinism.

This may be so–but the “old English” in which it is written is an impediment to many people’s understanding of the original intent. With this in mind, I have (rather ambitiously!) begun “translating” this catechism into modern English. Though I am no language specialist, I hope that these “translations” may prove edifying.


Here, then is the first question and answer of the Westminster Larger Catechism in modern English:

Q. 1. What is the most important and highest purpose of humankind?

A. The most important and highest purpose of humankind is to glorify God and to fully enjoy Him forever.