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William Capers, 1790-1855
Catechism for the Use of Methodist Missions. First Part
Charleston, [S.C.?]: Published by John Early, 1853.

Summary

This short catechism is written for the use of missionaries in "directing the untutored mind to God," and has as its focus knowledge of salvation. It includes sections on the nature of God; the creation and fall of man; Christ's birth, life, death, and resurrection; judgement and righteousness; duties of the believer to God, master, and family; and creeds and sacraments. Also included in the Catechism is a section on the Ten Commandments, a large selection of Bible verses on various topics, and several hymns. Capers' catechisms were widely used in the antebellum South in preaching to slaves.

Christopher Hill

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