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Curricula: Catechetics

Catechetics is the science of oral instruction in the elements of the Christian religion, especially by question and answer.

NOTE: This is not an article from the Catholic Encyclopedia. It is provided here for the benefit of those interested in pursuing additional studies in this area.

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Catechisms

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Notable Authors and Catechists

  • St. Augustine - Doctor of the Church; expounded theory of preaching and religious instruction of the people
  • Coelde, Theodore - author of the first German catechism (1470)
  • Hessels, Jean - Theologian noted for his "Catechism" (1571)
  • Pareja, Francisco - the first to write catechisms for native Americans (early 1600s)
  • Stapleton, Theobald - published an Irish Catechism, the first book in which Irish was printed in Roman type
  • Goffine, Leonard - author (1690) of a widely-translated catechism
  • Hay, George - noted for his series on Catholic doctrine, "The Sincere, Devout, and Pious Christian" (1781-86)
  • Overberg, Bernhard Heinrich - noted German catechism author and catechist
  • Furniss, John - systematized the philosophy of religious training for children and catechists

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