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The term “catechism” comes from the Greek by way of the Late Lat. catechizo. It refers to the process of oral instruction for baptism (Catechesis). When infant baptism replaced adult baptism, the term came to be used for Christian education in general. From the time of the Reformation it has also been a term for published works summarizing Christian faith and Christian life.

Today there is uncertainty as to whether a catechism is meant fo…

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Wegenast, Klaus, “Catechism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C210>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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