"Dost know thy catechism?"

The Catechism Lesson (1890)
Public DomainThe Catechism Lesson (1890) - Credit: Jules-Alexis Muenier
The catechism is a series of questions and answers designed to be memorized and repeated so as to inculcate Christian beliefs in children. The early settlers used those which had been favored by the Reformed Church in England, in particular John Calvin’s Genevan Catechism, but also penned their own. In Boston, John Cotton’s Doctrine of the Church (1642) was used by adults, while Milk for Babes (1646) molded the younger mind. Read the latter here.