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SOCRATIC METHOD

Originally used by Socrates but adopted by many Christian writers, especially in the Augustinian tradition, as a way of reaching the truth. It consists in using questions and answers in a planned series in order to understand a given subject, reach a logical conclusion, or refute a certain position. It has become the basis of catechetical instruction since early Christian times.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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