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Teaching the ReformationMinisters and Their Message in Basel, 1529-1629$
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Amy Nelson Burnett

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305760

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195305760.001.0001

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 The Pastor as Teacher

 The Pastor as Teacher

(p.221) 10 The Pastor as Teacher
Teaching the Reformation

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Preaching and catechization were the primary responsibilities of Basel’s Reformed pastors. Rural pastors preached twice weekly; by the end of the 16th century, church attendance on Sundays was satisfactory although the clergy still complained about weekday attendance. Catechism instruction was also held more frequently than before. Although pastors in rural parishes complained that teenagers did not attend catechism instruction, many were satisfied with their parishioners’ knowledge of the catechism. The general level of religious knowledge at the end of the century was much higher than it had been in the decades immediately following the Reformation. Enforcement of edicts requiring attendance at worship and catechism instruction played a key role.

Keywords:   preaching, catechization, pastors, church attendance, catechism, rural parishes

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