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Koers

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Koers (Online) vol.74 n.4 Pretoria  2009

 

Die Kategismus van Calvyn (1545) en dié van Perkins (1590) - enkele vergelykings

 

The Catechisms of Calvin (1545) and of Perkins (1590) - some comparisons

 

 

L.F. Schulze

Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, Potchefstroom. E-pos: ludschulze@amobia.co.za

 

 


OPSOMMING

'n Vergelyking van Calvyn se Geneefse Kategismus (1545) met die Kategismus van Perkins, "The foundation of Christian religion" (1590), toon opvallende verskille. Die verskille kan nie uit 'n anti-Calvynse vertrekpunt van Perkins verklaar word nie. Inteendeel, Perkins het homself as navolger van Calvyn gesien. Dit hou in dat daar teen die einde van die sestiende eeu 'n verskuiwing binne die leer van die Calvinistiese tradisie plaasgevind het. 'n Vergelyking van die twee kategismusse word hier gebruik om die verskil aan te toon. By wyse van inleiding word eers vergelykenderwys gekyk na die teikenlesers en vervolgens na die inhoud van elke werk. Met die Reformasie se swaar aksent op die "sola fide" in gedagte word op 'n vergelyking van geloof in elke kategismus gekonsentreer.

Kernbegrippe: Calvyn; geloof; Geneefse Kategismus; kategismus; kennis; Perkins; Reformasie


ABSTRACT

A comparison between Calvin's Geneva Catechism (1545) and the Catechism of William Perkins, "The foundation of Christian religion" (1590), shows striking differences. These cannot be explained by means of an "anti-Calvinist" stance on the part of Perkins. On the contrary, Perkins regarded himself as a follower of Calvin, which means that a subtle shift occurred within the doctrine of the Calvinist tradition towards the end of the sixteenth century. A comparison of the two catechisms is used here to illustrate the change. By way of introduction comparisons are made about the addressees and the content of each catechism. With the importance of the Reformation's "sola fide" in mind, the central issue in this article concerns a closer look at the concept of faith in both catechisms.

Key concepts: Calvin; catechism; faith; Geneva Catechism; knowledge; Perkins; Reformation


 

 

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