n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - Calvin between and : instruction of faith in Geneva

Volume 74, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0023-270X



This article focuses on catechetical instruction in Geneva under Calvin, taking the 1537 "Instruction" and the 1545 "Catechism" as objects of study. The relationship among three key notions - Calvin's own ideal of striving for brevity and simplicity on the one hand, the notions of "confessio" and "institutio" on the other hand - serves as catalyst to approach the nature of this catechetical instruction. After a historical overview of the circumstances amidst which the abovementioned writings were produced, a comparative study of their internal organisation leads to the assessment of Calvin's method of theological exposition when dealing with the law and the Apostle's Creed.

Die fokus van hierdie artikel val op kategetiese onderrig in Genève onder Calvyn en neem die 1537-"Instruksie" asook die 1545-"Kategismus" as studieobjekte. Die verband tussen drie sleutelbegrippe - Calvyn se eie ideaal van beknoptheid en eenvoud aan die een kant, die begrippe "confessio" en "institutio" aan die ander kant - dien as katalisators om die aard van hierdie kategetiese onderrig te benader. Na 'n historiese oorsig oor die omstandighede waarin bogenoemde geskrifte die lig gesien het, lei 'n vergelykende studie van die interne struktuur tot 'n evaluering van Calvyn se metode van teologiese uitleg ten opsigte van die wet en die Twaalf artikels.

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