A catechism is a series of questions and answers. Catholic children study a catechism as part of their religious education; it outlines the principal tenets of their faith.

If you're looking to understand the Christian faith, the catechism is a good place to begin. It outlines people's relationship to God, man's need for God, and the importance of the scriptures and the principles of the faith. It is meant to be digested over time, though children used to commit portions of it to memory.

Definitions of catechism
  1. noun
    an elementary book summarizing the principles of a Christian religion; written as questions and answers
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    type of:
    a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)
  2. noun
    a series of questions put to an individual to elicit their views
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    type of:
    examination, interrogation, interrogatory
    formal systematic questioning
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