Light from the "Dark Ages": Lessons in Faith Formation from Before the Reformation

From: Volume 14, Issue 2: Fall 2017, Equipping Church Members for Ministry Pages 328-346


This article explores how parish members in the later medieval era in England learned the Christian faith through a variety of means (e.g., preaching, liturgical calendar, art, music, poetry, drama, confessional instruction, spiritual kinship relationships, catechetical instruction) with an eye on what we might learn from this era that could strengthen the church’s educational ministry efforts in the present.

Key Words: Middle ages, medieval, catechism, catechesis, preaching, religious art, religious drama, religious music, religious poetry, godparents, liturgical calendar, confession



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