The Christians ABC: Catechisms and Catechizing in England c.1530-1740

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byIan Green

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This is really three books in one: a study in church history; an essay in theology; and a bibliographical source for scholars working in various disciplines, and for librarians with catechisms of unsure provenance. Ian Green has written the first major study of the catechisms and techniques ofcatechizing used in early modern England, from the Reformation through to the Evangelical Revival. He begins by demonstrating the existence of several hundred different catechisms, with literally millions of copies circulating throughout the country, in parish churches, homes, schools and colleges. He then describes the techniques by which children, adolescents, and less well-educated adultswere encouraged to master a specially simplified version of the core doctrines contained in the best-selling catechisms of the day, Ian Green goes on to indicate the high level of consensus and continuity in catechetical teaching, and suggests that such differences as there were consisted in eitherthe disparity between the simpler message of many elementary works and the more demanding content of more sophisticated catechisms, or in the less predictable contrast between, on the one hand, the teaching of non-Calvinists and first generation Calvinists, and on the other, that of later Calvinistsfrom Perkins to Westminster theologians. Catechetical teaching, especially on the Ten Commandments, covered all aspects of contemporary life and the book ends with an annotated list of catechisms which enables those with an interest in educational, literary, or linguistic history, or in political and social as well as religious history, totrack down quickly works that could be of particular value to them.

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This is really three books in one: a study in church history; an essay in theology; and a bibliographical source for scholars working in various disciplines, and librarians with catechisms of unsure provenance. Ian Green has written the first major study of the catechisms and techniques of catechizing used in early modern England, from...

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This is really three books in one: a study in church history; an essay in theology; and a bibliographical source for scholars working in various disciplines, and for librarians with catechisms of unsure provenance. Ian Green has written the first major study of the catechisms and techniques ofcatechizing used in early modern England, f...

Ian Green is a Reader in Modern History, The Queen's University of Belfast.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:782 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.81 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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This is really three books in one: a study in church history; an essay in theology; and a bibliographical source for scholars working in various disciplines, and librarians with catechisms of unsure provenance. Ian Green has written the first major study of the catechisms and techniques of catechizing used in early modern England, from the Reformation to the Evangelical Revival. He begins by demonstrating the existence of several hundred different catechisms, with literally millions of copies circulating throughout the country, in parish churches, homes, schools and colleges. He then describes the techniques by which children, adolescents, and less well-educated adults were encouraged to master a specially simplified version of the core doctrines of the new church presented in question-and-answer form. Through a detailed analysis of the doctrines contained in the best-selling catechisms of the day, Ian Green goes on to indicate the high level of consensus and continuity in catechetical teaching, and suggests that such differences as there were consisted in either

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`it is now with the publication of Dr Green's monumental and admirable study of catechizing and catechisms that the most obvious point of contact between clerical teaching and popular belief has been properly investigated. He ranges far and wide in search of evidence of the practice ofcatechizing and makes particularly effective use of the clerical replies to the episcopal questionnaires of the early eighteenth century. He writes in a clear and leisurely prose, with points enumerated and lucidly explained ... the Oxford University Press are to be congratulated on producing ahandsome volume with an exceptionally high level of typographical accuracy ... will be an enduring work of reference, enlightenment, and stimulation.'John Spurr, Journal of Theological Studies, Vol. 48, No. 1, Apr '97