Anglican Catechisms

To Be A Christian – ACNA (Anglican Church of North America). 

  • On the link above you'll find information on the new Catechism, as well as the Vision Statement and Guiding Principles. 
  • In an introduction J. I. Packer writes:
    • "In one respect, this catechism breaks new ground for Anglicans. The historic Catechism in the English Book of Common Prayer is brief, and specifically designed to prepare young people for confirmation and church membership. However, this present work is intended as a more comprehensive catechetical tool for all adult (or near-adult) inquirers, and for all Christians seeking deeper grounding in the full reality of Christian faith and life."

The Catechism, or Anglican Faith in Outline  - from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal USA). 


Anglican Catechesis Today

Fr. Lee Nelson (Christ Church, Waco), one of the co-chairs of the Anglican Catechesis task force has written several pieces on restoring a "culture of catechesis" that you can find here, here, and here.  He's also discussed some of the basics of catechesis in a podcast with Always Forward.

Ephraim Radner (Wycliffe College) gave an excellent address on catechesis to an Episcopal Church in Dallas. You can find the audio here and a transcription here

Tory Baucum, an ACNA priest in Virginia has written a helfpul book, Evangelical Hospitality: Catechetical Evangelism in the Early Church and Its Recovery for Today (Scarecrow Press, 2008), which appropriates the early church catechumenate, Methodist societies, and the recent Alpha programs as ways of catechizing. He blogs an catechesis and other topics at Rector's Rough Draft

Robert Webber in his Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making Your Church a Faith-Forming Community (Baker, 2003) has sought to translate the ancient catechumenate for a 21st-century context. 

Anglican Catechesis in History

Ian Green, The Christian's ABC: Catechisms and Catechizing in England c.1530-1740 (Oxford, 1996) (maybe find it in a library!)

  • ABSTRACT: This is really three books in one: a study in church history; an essay in theology; and a bibliographical source for scholars working in various disciplines, and for librarians with catechisms of unsure provenance. The book is a study of the catechisms and techniques of catechizing used in early modern England, from the Reformation through to the Evangelical Revival. The text begins by demonstrating the existence of several hundred different catechisms, with literally millions of copies circulating throughout the country, in parish churches, homes, schools and colleges. It describes the techniques by which children, adolescents, and less well-educated adults were encouraged to master a specially simplified version of the core doctrines contained in the best-selling catechisms of the day. He then goes on to indicate the high level of consensus and continuity in catechetical teaching, and suggests that such differences as there were consisted in either the disparity between the simpler message of many elementary works and the more demanding content of more sophisticated catechisms, or in the less predictable contrast between, on the one hand, the teaching of non-Calvinists and first generation Calvinists, and on the other, that of later Calvinists from Perkins to Westminster theologians. Catechetical teaching, especially on the Ten Commandments, covered all aspects of contemporary life. The book ends with an annotated list of catechisms.