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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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 Pastoral Care from Cradle to Grave

 Pastoral Care from Cradle to Grave

(p.237) 11 Pastoral Care from Cradle to Grave
Teaching the Reformation

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The pastor’s pedagogical role dominated in all aspects of Reformed pastoral care: administering the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, visiting the sick, and preaching at funerals. Basel retained certain medieval practices, such as the acceptance of godparents and sickbed visitation with communion, although it modified them in accordance with evangelical doctrine. Other practices, such as emergency baptism by midwives, were gradually eliminated as Basel moved into greater conformity with other Reformed churches. Basel’s pastors shared the responsibility for church discipline with lay officials. Although complaints about individual parishioners persist, visitation reports from the early 17th century give a positive picture of religious belief and practice in Basel’s rural parishes and the development of a Reformed religious culture.

Keywords:   pastoral care, sacraments, baptism, Lord’s Supper, funerals, godparents, sickbed visitation, midwives, church discipline, rural parishes

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