Christian education in the Reformed tradition

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George Brown

Abstract

It can be argued that each branch of the Protestant family of churches is known for a distinctive contribution to the life and work of the whole church. Baptists, for instance, are known for evangelism and Episcopalians for liturgy. Methodists are identified with social action. If evangelism, liturgy, and social action are distinctive contributions of Baptists, Episcopalians, and Methodists, education would be the special gift of the Reformed family of churches.

This paper explores the distinctive characteristics of Christian education in the Reformed tradition, from the particular perspective of the Reformed Church in America (RCA). Attention is given to education in the Reformation period, and developments are traced from their foundation in the Netherlands to their appropriation by the Reformed church in New Netherland. The assets and liabilities of this education legacy are examined, and some agenda items for the future suggested.

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Christian education -- History; Reformed Church -- Education; Reformed Church in America -- Education; Heidelberger Katechismus
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