Sunday, June 24, 2018

The silly season

Q. Why did God make you?
A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.
Baltimore Catechism (used in the U.S. from 1885 to the late 1960s)

The Q & A format for learning the basics of Christianity was popularized by Martin Luther, and a similar format was followed by Catholics for four hundred years. The U.S. version was revised several times and went from 100 questions to over 1200. Today it is popular again among home-schoolers.

I don't know what was used between the 1970s and 2005 when the current CCC was published. I've heard it called the "silly season" and sounds a bit like the Lutheran book we received in 1974 when we attended membership classes at UALC, which was orange and pink with balloons and theology to match. I think we have 30 years of poorly catechized Catholics and Protestants in the U.S. as fall out from that era.

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