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“That the Ministry of the Gospel and the Schools be Maintained”: The Academies of Protestantism

This paper was originally delivered as a lecture to All Saints Church in Lancaster Pennsylvania on Feb. 18, 2017 as a part of a conference on church history and education. The audio from the entire conference is available here.   Like all catechisms, the Heidelberg Catechism has a section dedicated to expounding the Ten Commandments. […]

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Archive Civic Polity Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism Simon Kennedy

Bucer on Civil Education

In his¬†De Regno Christi¬†(1550), Martin Bucer propagates a number of laws for the establishment of a Christian commonwealth. One is that there ought to be education for all young people. This was, in part, to prevent idleness, which was an evident concern to Bucer. But it was also the case that Bucer wanted to improve […]

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Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

The Heidelberg Catechism and Christian Schools

The Heidelberg Catechism rather famously includes Christian education under the duties required by the 4th Commandment: Question 103. What doth God require in the fourth command ? Answer. First, that the ministry of the gospel and the schools be maintained In Ursinus’s commentary, we are given this explanation: The maintenance of schools may be embraced […]

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Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

A Classical, Christian, University Model School

My participation here at TCI has been a bit slow for the past two months. Our other contributors have done a fine job at keeping new material coming, but I have only been able to write brief notes here and there. One of the more exciting projects that has been eating up my time is […]