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Instruction Of The Christian Faith By Lutherans After Luther

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The meaning of the term "catechism" had changed over time from its use in early Christianity. Originally the term referred to the oral instruction of catechumens in the faith before baptism. There was more to the teaching of Scripture than was included in Luther's catechism. Lutherans in the eras of the Late Reformation and Orthodoxy continued the work begun by Luther and other reformers. Luther and his Wittenberg colleagues had set the foundation for the Lutheran educational tradition during the earliest days of the Reformation. Through instruction on the basis of the catechism Luther intended to cultivate the Christian life. Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries editions of the Small Catechism were printed in expanded form, with supplementary questions and answers, prayers, hymns, and other elements of religious education. Education in the Christian faith and life was of the greatest importance to Luther.

Keywords:catechetical instruction; Christian faith; Luther's catechism; Lutheran educational tradition; religious education



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