On the eve of the Reformation, The Mirror of a Christian Man (1470) by Dietrich Kolde was one of the most popular Catholic catechism in the German language (German title: "Kerstenspiegel" or "Christenspiegel"). It is sometimes also titled as A Fruitful Mirror of a Christian Man.

It has been argued that the Protestant Heidelberg Catechism was written partly as an antidote to the dismal attitude of the Christian faith at the time. Is this true? I would like to check this claim by myself.

This book is included in the 1982 book Three Reformation Catechisms: Catholic, Anabaptist, Lutheran, but I am looking for a freely downloadable copy of Kolde's book only, preferably in an English translation.


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