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I. Terminology – II. Catholic Catechisms – III. Orthodox Catechisms – IV. Protestant Catechisms – V. Catechetical Instruction

I. Terminology

Linguistically and semantically, the word catechism is derived from the Greek verb κατήχειν/katḗchein, “to echo.” This etymology suggests a semantic connotation, according to which the transmission of the faith is fundamentally seen as a m…

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Tebartz-van Elst, Franz-Peter, Schulz, Ehrenfried, Hauptmann, Peter and Fraas, Hans-Jürgen, “Catechism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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