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Reformed Education from Geneva through the Netherlands to the East Indies

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This chapter focuses on a close comparison between the Sovrat ABC and the 1551 L'ABC François to show that the extent of Calvin's reformation reached the other side of the globe in less than a century. It demonstrates that Reformed education in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries took into consideration the integration of the knowledge of the content of the Christian faith and the knowledge of the world surrounding believers. The 1611 publication of the Sovrat ABC, or the "ABC Letter", was clear proof that the approach of the church of Geneva in educating the young was adopted by the Dutch and then applied in the East Indies. In the Netherlands, Philip van Marnix had written a short catechism with teaching material somewhat similar to the L'ABC François.

Keywords: Christian faith; East Indies; Geneva; L'ABC François; Netherlands; reformed education; Sovrat ABC



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