Owen Chadwick

in The Early Reformation on the Continent

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780198269021
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600470 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church


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The only form of teaching in the first reformed parishes was the catechism, in Germany based on Luther's Catechism, but this was not acceptable to the Swiss. Religious education lacked focus until confirmation was introduced as the climax of catechism and the symbol of a stage of life completed. The first flush of enthusiasm for education in evangelical cities ran into the difficulties of shortage of money and teachers, but was still a remarkable achievement in the long run. The use of theatre in education, at first widespread, soon became suspect. Universities, indispensable to the reforming practice of church government, were transformed, while the reformers were also keen to promote travel for study.

Keywords: catechism; confirmation; education; theatre; universities

Chapter.  10805 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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