Q. 9. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit, and has not a body like men.
Q. 15. Who wrote the Bible?
A. Holy men who were taught by the Holy Spirit.
Catechisms aren’t perfect, of course. They are tools. And just like a hammer can’t be a mallet (and wouldn’t want to be), so sometimes the catechisms are more timely than timeless, more tied to their author than the God the author wants to point towards. Meh. It’s life.
We Lewises have changed the answers to Q9 and Q15. It’s not just the “men as humanity” nomenclature, although that’s part of it. “Has not a body like men” is awkward for wee ones. So we changed it to “God is a Spirit and doesn’t have a body like people.” Gavin sometimes just says “And doesn’t have a body like me.” That works too.
Our Q15 answer has morphed into “holy people who were taught by the Holy Spirit” because this catechizer can’t forget the possibility of Priscilla. I know that the CBMW will probably write a quantitative and qualitative analysis of my changes. ::yawn::
Still with this question, the first quindecalogue is done, and Gavin has started sound like Barney Fife remembering the Preamble.