The Catechism by Benedykt Herbest: Print and Orality in Religious Education on the Verge of the Modern Epoch
the religious Reformation catechism sermonizing early modern Church Cracow
The article discusses Rev. Benedict Herbest’s doubts about whether a printed exposition of faith be recommended to the faithful and how much the written word may support the teaching from the pulpit. Herbest (1531–1598) was a Polish Catholic priest, a vigorous polemicist and a leading opponent of the local Reformation. He was the author of The Teaching of a Righteous Christian, a catechism that was published in 1566 in Cracow. In terms of communicativeness and pragmatic intentions, it outshines all other catechisms, both Catholic and Evangelical, that were addressed to a Polish readership in the sixteenth century. The dogmas are presented in the form of a dialogue between a priest and his lay interlocutor, a townsman. Despite employing this traditional form of explanation, the catechism shows how difficult it was to reconcile the need for a high-quality religious, print-disseminated clarification against the hoary tradition of oral instruction.
Pracownia Badań nad Tradycją Oralną
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oai:repozytorium.uni.wroc.pl:125158 ISSN 2449–8181
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