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Koers

versão On-line ISSN 2304-8557
versão impressa ISSN 0023-270X

Koers (Online) vol.74 no.4 Pretoria  2009

 

Can Calvin provide a golden thread in the labyrinth of catechisms available in the church today?

 

Kan Calvyn 'n goue draad voorsien in die doolhof van beskikbare kategismusse in die kerk vandag?

 

 

J. Janse van Rensburg; L. Hoffman

Department of Practical Theology, University of the Free State, BLOEMFONTEIN. E-mail: jjvanr@yebo.co.za, hoffmanl.hum@ufs.ac.za

 

 


ABSTRACT

A congregation can easily get lost in the labyrinth of catechism syllabi available for an educational ministry today. Calvin's wish was that the church would have one catechism common to all churches. However, he consented to different churches developing different catechisms. He also warned about the power of catechesis, as it has the potential to influence the church for decades to come, and as the body of Christ can be strengthened or wounded through catechesis. Can Calvin provide a golden thread to navigate the labyrinth of catechisms available in the church today? Different models of catechesis are discussed briefly. The similarities and differences with Calvin's approach to catechism are highlighted, and the article concludes with guidelines for contemporary catechesis.

Key concepts: Calvin; catechesis; catechism; Christian education


OPSOMMING

'n Gemeente kan maklik verdwaal in die doolhof van kategesesillabusse wat vandag vir opvoedkundige bediening beskikbaar is. Dit was Calvyn se wens dat kerke een gemeenskaplike kategismus gebruik. Hy het egter toegegee dat verskillende kerke tog verskillende kategismusse kon ontwikkel. Hy het ook gewaarsku dat die krag van kategese oor die potensiaal beskik om die kerk in die volgende dekades te beïnvloed. Die liggaam van Christus kan versterk of gewond word deur kategese. Kan 'n goue draad vanuit Calvyn se kategismus afgelei word waarmee die doolhof van kategesemateriaal vandag genavigeer word? Verskillende kategesemodelle wat tans beskikbaar is, word kortliks bespreek. Die ooreenkomste en verskille met Calvyn se benadering tot kategese word uitgelig. Ten slotte word riglyne vir huidige kategese gestel.

Kernbegrippe: Calvyn; Christelike opvoeding; kategese; kategismus


 

 

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