oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The Heidelberg Catechism: A basis for catechetical instruction in Africa?

Volume 3, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



With his accession to the throne in 1559 Frederick III, Elector of the Palatinate, officially approved of the Reformation in his princedom. In 1562 he appointed a commission, consisting of certain professors and other learned men and assigned to them the task of drawing up a text-book on Reformed doctrine, which could be used in the church and schools in order to promote the teachings of the Reformation Zacharias Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus served on this commission and they became known as the two chief architects of the so-called Heidelberg Catechism.

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