Chief End of Man
question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
CHIEF END OF MAN
Question: What is the chief end of man?
Answer: Manís chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
ó Question #1 in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, 1647. The Westminster
Assembly was called together by the English Parliament in 1643 to advise that
governing body in restructuring the Church of England according to Puritan
convictions. The gathering included 121 ministers, 10 members of the House of
Lords, 20 of the House of Commons, plus 8 nonvoting representatives from the
Church of Scotland.
[It is pretty obvious what this has to do with Christian worship. If you are
interested in seeing the whole document, do a web search for "Westminster
Shorter Catechism. Youíll find many sites."
Have a great week,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary