catechism


cat·e·chism

noun \ˈka-tə-ˌki-zəm\

: a collection of questions and answers that are used to teach people about the Christian religion

: a book that explains the beliefs of the Christian religion by using a list of questions and answers

Full Definition of CATECHISM

1
:  oral instruction
2
:  a manual for catechizing; specifically :  a summary of religious doctrine often in the form of questions and answers
3
a :  a set of formal questions put as a test
b :  something resembling a catechism especially in being a rote response or formulaic statement
cat·e·chis·mal \ˌka-tə-ˈkiz-məl\ adjective
cat·e·chis·tic \-ˈkis-tik\ adjective

Examples of CATECHISM

  1. They went to school to learn their catechism.
  2. He taught catechism at Sunday school.

First Known Use of CATECHISM

1502

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

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catechism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Manual of religious instruction usually arranged in the form of questions and answers and used to instruct the young, win converts, and testify to the faith. The medieval catechism concentrated on the meaning of faith, hope, and charity. Later catechisms added other subjects and became more important following the Reformation and the invention of the printing press. Martin Luther's Small Catechism (1529) added discussions of baptism and the Eucharist. John Calvin published a children's catechism in 1542. The Anglican catechism is included in the Book of Common Prayer. The Baltimore Catechism (1885) is the Catholic catechism best known in the U.S. In 1992 the Vatican issued a new universal Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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