Catechetics
(769 words)

The term “catechetics (for etymology see Catechism) denotes the academic discipline within Protestant and Catholic theology that is devoted to reflection on education and instruction in the Christian religion, to the extent that they are understood as the task of the church or its members (pastors, teachers, parents). Both the term and the discipline it represents are not documented in Germany and Austria until the last third of the 18th century. In the early modern period, no comparable form of academic catechetics emerged in …

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Schröder, Bernd, “Catechetics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 28 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_022007>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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