The Heidelberg Catechism
METHOD OF INSTRUCTION IN THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
AS THE SAME IS TAUGHT IN THE REFORMED CHURCHES AND
SCHOOLS IN HOLLAND AND IN AMERICA
The Heidelberg Catechism, written in 1563, originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity in the Palatinate, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well. It is a remarkably warm-hearted and personalized confession of faith, eminently deserving of its popularity among Reformed churches to the present day.