John J. Murray on Catechism

What was looked on as a necessary and beneficial practice by the early church and by the Reformers has now fallen into such disuse among Christian people that very few seem to have any understanding or appreciation of the subject.  We believe it is to the discontinuance of this practice [of catechizing] that we can trace much of the doctrinal ignorance, confusion and instability so characteristic of modern Christianity.

As quoted in Donald Van Dyken, Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children P & R Publishing, Phillipsburg, NJ, 2000), 8

The article quoted from, John J. Murray, “Catechizing – A Forgotten Practice,” Banner of Truth 27 (October 1962) is available here: