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Calvyn en die Heidelbergse Kategismus

L. F. Schulze
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 27, No 4 | a1474 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v27i4.1474 | © 1993 L. F. Schulze | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 June 1993 | Published: 11 June 1993

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L. F. Schulze,, South Africa

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Abstract

To ascertain the influence of Calvin on the Heidelberg Catechism has been complicated by at least three circumstances: (1) Olevianus' acknowledge­ment that the catechism was the work of many pious people from Switzer­land: (2) the fact that many facets of the Catechism's content were common currency during the 16th century; (3) the obvious independence of the Reform movement in the Palitinate. In this article it is argued that the typical Calvinian accent on the three-fold office of Christ as reflected in the Heidelberg Catechism is perhaps the dearest example of Calvin’s influen­ce. Yet even in this respect the Heidelberg Catechism retains its own cha­racter by condensing Calvin's exposition of the triplex munus in his Genevan Catechism.

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