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Religious Instruction
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1. Historical Data

Religious instruction in schools occurred first in the Latin and native-language schools of the 16th century. It centered on the catechism, doctrine, and their biblical basis. J. A. Comenius (1592–1670), Pietism, and the Enlightenment regarded Holy Scripture as the alpha and omega in all schools.

We see this value in the German tradition, for example. H. J. Hübner’s (1668–1731) Zweymal zwey und funfzig auserlesene Biblische Historien (Twice 52 selected biblical …

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Wegenast, Klaus, “Religious Instruction”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.44>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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