English: The Heidelberg Catechism has been part of the Reformed Confessional tradition for
over 400 years. It has helped to shape and form generations of Reformed believers.
The question however can be raised if the model of salvation that features in the
Catechism is still relevant today? In the light of different contexts this article looks
at the questions in the Heidelberg Catechism concerning the explanation of our
salvation and reads this judicial model against other Christian understandings in the
Catholic, Baptist and Orthodox tradition. The dialogue continues with the work of
Ellen Charry that reminds us of the formative role that theology had in the works of
the Early Church fathers and asks what the content and role of catechism are today
and if we can still use this document fruitfully in our formation of young people.