An Orthodox Catechism by Hercules Collins

An Orthodox Catechism

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This catechism, first published in 1680, is a Particular (i.e., seventeenth-century Calvinistic) Baptist revision of the Heidelberg Catechism. The editors slightly revised the original for modern use.

The book includes the original Preface by Collins, a Foreword by James M. Renihan, and an Introduction by Michael Haykin and G. Stephen Weaver, Jr.

Here are the chapter titles from the table of contents:

  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface by Hercules Collins
  • Foreword by James M. Renihan
  • Introduction by Michael A. G. Haykin and G. Stephen Weaver, Jr.
  • General Introduction and The First Part: Of  Man’s Misery
  • The Second Part: Of Man’s Redemption (Introductory Questions)
  • The Second Part: Of Man’s Redemption (God the Father)
  • The Second Part: Of Man’s Redemption (God the Son)
  • The Second Part: Of Man’s Redemption (God the Holy Spirit)
  • The Second Part: Of Man’s Redemption (The Sacraments)
  • The Second Part: Of Man’s Redemption (Baptism)
  • The Second Part: Of Man’s Redemption (The Lord’s Supper)
  • The Third Part: Of Man’s Thankfulness (Introductory Questions)
  • The Third Part: Of Man’s Thankfulness (The Law of God)
  • The Third Part: Of Man’s Thankfulness (Prayer)
  • The Nicene and Athanasian Creeds

124 pages
Published 2014

A great tool for solid, doctrinal instruction in church and home.

Product endorsements

Hercules Collins’ An Orthodox Catechism is an important work that is worthy of the attention of modern Baptists. Collins’ Baptist emendations to the Heidelberg Catechism resulted in a document that retains all of the first-person warmth and Christ-centered instruction of that older, more widely known document. I am glad to see this work in print (especially with the helpful introductory material) and commend it to Baptists everywhere.

Tom Ascol
Founders Ministries

This is a much-needed and timely publication of an old catechism. An Orthodox Catechism (a seventeenth-century English Particular or Calvinistic Baptist document) shows fundamental continuity with both Protestant orthodoxy and the catholic tradition of historic Christianity. The document itself shows this as does the fine introduction by Drs. Haykin and Weaver. Collins wrote this as a pastor, desiring that his flock be “better established, strengthened, and settled on” truth and protected from “every wind and blast, every puff and breath of Error, and Heresie.” An Orthodox Catechism is, as the author says, an “Epitome of Law and Gospel, suited to every ones capacity in God’s House…” and “Milk for Babes, and Meat for strong Men.” May it strengthen many churches!

Richard C. Barcellos
Grace Reformed Baptist Church
Palmdale, CA

There was a time when Baptist Christians regularly used catechisms in their homes and local churches. Often Baptists wrote their own catechisms, though they also periodically revised paedobaptist catechisms that were otherwise sound. One famous Reformed catechism, the Heidelberg Catechism, was important enough to be revised by Hercules Collins in 1680 for the use of his fellow Baptists. Contemporary Baptist advocates of catechisms owe Michael Haykin and Steve Weaver a debt of gratitude for making An Orthodox Catechism available once again. May it gain a wide usage in our families and in churches.

Nathan A. Finn
Associate Professor of Historical Theology
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Hercules Collins’ revision of the Heidelberg Catechism is one of the most valuable and least-known resources in the history of Particular Baptist spirituality. An Orthodox Catechism (1680) combines the vitality of Continental Protestant piety with the clarity of New Testament churchmanship, and invites its readers into those spiritual and theological traditions which will do most to inform our minds, warm our hearts, and shape our practice.

Crawford Gribben
Professor of Early Modern British History
Queen’s University Belfast

There are few compositions in the history of the Christian church as perspicuous, edifying, and beautiful as the Heidelberg Catechism. It was a deft stroke of denominational ecumenicity when Hercules Collins adapted that catechism for Baptist life. Now An Orthodox Catechism, as Collins named it, is being reprinted with helpful and scholarly introductory material by Michael Haykin, Jim Renihan, and Steve Weaver. I will personally give a hearty welcome to this book and am grateful for its availability. For history, theology, and spiritual nourishment this should be a book of choice.

Thomas J. Nettles
Professor of Historical Theology
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

About the author

Hercules Collins was a leading pastor among the seventeenth-century Particular Baptists. He published An Orthodox Catechism for the people under his pastoral care.