A Tale of Two Catechisms?

Friday, 22 Jun 2007

A catechism is a brief summary of Christian doctrine intended for the uninstructed, often put in a question-and-answer format. Since the earliest times in the church, converts were instructed in their basic understanding of the faith before being admitted to full fellowship in the sacraments of the church. The course of instruction in the ancient Church for such a convert, or catechumen, typically lasted three to five years. Luther noted that in the medieval church this course of instruction was replaced by the pomp and ceremony of the sacrament of confirmation. This ceremony substituted mere recital for the understanding ...

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