Christelijk geluk in een seculiere cultuur. Een verantwoording van de belangrijkste theologische keuzes in de Gewone Catechismus

  • A. Huijgen
  • T.T.J. Pleizier
  • R.T. te Velde


This article presents an account of the theological choices made in the recently published Gewone Catechismus (Ordinary Catechism). Against the background of secular culture, the GC opts for an eschatological approach that defies hedonism, paradoxically by making ‘happiness’ (‘geluk’) the central theme. The architecture of the GC is trinitarian: trusting the Father in prayer, following Christ in obedience to his commandments, and expecting God’s Kingdom through the Spirit. While the GC has no official confessional status, like the Heidelberg Catechism, it still is a confessional text, as all theological discourse has confessional implications.