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John Sutcliffe (1752-1814) was an English Baptist minister influenced by Jonathan Edwards. He would walk to the school where he was being theologically trained in order to save money for books (his library at death contained almost 3,000 books).*

In a catechism he wrote, Sutcliffe adds this question concerning the goal of all catechesis:

Q. To conclude: what do you learn from the catechism you have now been repeating?

A. I learn that the affairs of my soul are of the greatest importance, and ought to employ my chief concern.

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*s.v., “Sutcliffe, John,” Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860 (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2004).

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