catechization


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cat·e·chize

 (kăt′ĭ-kīz′)
tr.v. cat·e·chized, cat·e·chiz·ing, cat·e·chiz·es
1. To teach the principles of Christian dogma, discipline, and ethics by means of questions and answers.
2. To question or examine closely or methodically: "Boswell was eternally catechizing him on all kinds of subjects" (Thomas Macaulay).

[Middle English catecizen, from Old French catechiser, from Medieval Latin catēchizāre, from Late Greek katēkhizein, from Greek katēkhein : kata-, down, off, out; see cata- + ēkhein, to sound (from ēkhē, sound).]

cat′e·chi·za′tion (-kĭ-zā′shən) n.
cat′e·chiz′er n.
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catechization

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A set of questions or exercises designed to determine knowledge or skill:
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Mary Anne laid down her work, rose, hooked herself behind, as being under catechization, and replied: 'No, it is a corruption, Miss Peecher.
The catechetical ministry of the church is extremely well developed, at the levels of both state education (through teaching of religious education in the secular schools as an obligatory subject) and church catechization.
The sign of "true conversion" was the sacrament of baptism which was often administered en masse and without proper catechization.
On November 16 and 17, 1749, strong emotions broke out during a Sunday sermon and a public catechization of Kuypers on Psalm 72:16: "There shall be a handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon.
Religious education may be seen as the first step, followed by catechization, and then theological education as a higher level of encountering church life that implies vocational training.
But even they admit that thirty years of catechesis have resulted in lamentable and even tragic results: "In fact nearly all observers agree that after eleven years of religious teaching during childhood and adolescence, and year after year, there is a triumph not only of the absence of catechization, but also a lack of religious culture.