Heidelberg Catechism

Heidelberg Catechism

The Heidelberg Catechism was written in Heidelberg at the request of Elector Frederick III, ruler of the most influential German province, the Palatinate, from 1559 to 1576. The Heidelberg Catechism was adopted by a Synod in Heidelberg and published in German with a preface by Frederick III, dated January 19, 1563. A second and third German edition, each with some small additions, as well as a Latin translation were published in Heidelberg in the same year.

  • In the 16th century, a small theological booklet from the Palatinate became a bestseller in religious literature. Until today, Reformed Protestants worldwide use the 129 questions and answers as a guideline for fundamental life issues.

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  • Martin Luther
    Small Catechism

    Martin Luther's Small Catechism (1529) was written to answer the need for a basic exposition of the Christian faith for lay people.

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  • Philipp Melanchthon
    The Confession of Faith

    "Confessio Augustana" is the official name of the Augsburg Confession. It can be found in every hymn book. In 1530, Melanchthon used it to present the Protestant faith before the Imperial Diet in Augsburg.

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