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Genevan Catechism


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John Calvin (1509—1564) French Protestant theologian and reformer

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Two formulas of J. Calvin. (1) Catechismus Genevensis Prior, a compendium of doctrine based on the Institutes, issued in French in 1537. With it were associated other documents, including a Confession by G. Farel which was imposed on the citizens of Geneva, but the relationship of the documents is not clear. (2) Catechismus Genevensis, a catechism in the form of question and answer, published in French in 1542 and reissued with a Latin translation in 1545. It became one of the basic documents of the Genevan ecclesiastical State.

(1) Catechismus Genevensis Prior, a compendium of doctrine based on the Institutes, issued in French in 1537. With it were associated other documents, including a Confession by G. Farel which was imposed on the citizens of Geneva, but the relationship of the documents is not clear. (2) Catechismus Genevensis, a catechism in the form of question and answer, published in French in 1542 and reissued with a Latin translation in 1545. It became one of the basic documents of the Genevan ecclesiastical State

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