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The Catechism Yesterday and Today: The Evolution of a Genre by Berard L. Marthaler

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The publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church has generated new interest in catechisms. Berard Marthaler's The Catechism Yesterday and Today presents it as the latest version in a genre of works that, over time, have served the cause of religious instruction, Church reform, safeguarding orthodoxy, inculturation, apologetics, and, even, political agendas. In tracing the evolution of the catechism-genre, The Catechism Yesterday and Today presents a survey of Catholic history that recalls individuals and incidents, some little known, some forgotten, that shaped the Church's catechetical ministry. It is a study of faith and culture addressed to the general reader as well as to historians, religious educators, and theologians. Marthaler begins with a look at the development of this tool for lay instruction and its evolution from the Council of Trent through the Counter-Reformation. The effects of world mission on catechism development and a special look at early English and Irish Catechisms precede an exploration of the American Baltimore catechism. The work concludes with a look at the Dutch catechism that forged the way for the Catechism of the Catholic Church before finishing with a discussion of that catechism as it now appears in English.


ISBN: 0814623530

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ISBN13: 978-0814623534

Publisher: Liturgical Pr (November 1, 1995)

Language: English

Subcategory: Theology

Pages: 176

The Catechism Yesterday and Today: The Evolution of a Genre
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Author: Berard L. Marthaler
Title: The Catechism Yesterday and Today: The Evolution of a Genre