one of the two catechisms established by the Westminster Assembly in 1647, used chiefly in Presbyterian churches.
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Another time I'll make allowance for that shorter-catechism conscience of yours.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
mainly Presbyterian Church the more widely used and influential of two catechisms of religious instruction drawn up in 1647
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