This article is about the historical background and purpose of the Heidelberg Catechism.
The Heidelberg Catechism can be used for teaching, preaching, devotions, and Bible study. This article explains how.
This article discusses the history and the purpose of the Heidelberg Catechism. From a temporal perspective, the Catechism served to unify Christians during the Reformation. The other purpose of the Catechism was for it to be used as a doctrinal teaching tool for the youth.
The Heidelberg Catechism cannot be detached from history. If the historical context of this confessional statement is ignored, its special character will not be recognized. Chapter 7 places the Catechism in its historical and theological context. It is compared with the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and other catechisms. Finally, criticism of the Catechism and the continued relevance of the Catechism are considered.