Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Dr. Philip Hart
Sunday School, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. For some, Sunday School elicits a host of positive memories and current images: playing games, making bread, singing songs, coloring, reciting memory verses, studying Scripture, enjoying refreshments, talking with friends, laughing and sharing. For others, Sunday School is simply a waste of time. In fact, in 1957 Life magazine labeled Sunday School ''the most wasted hour of the week." It seems that more and more Americans in recent decades have agreed with this pronouncement, for Sunday School attendance among mainline denominations has continued to drop at a steady rate. In 1970, Sunday School enrollment was 40.5 million, but by 1986, Sunday School enrollment had plunged to 26.6 million
Joyner, Amy, "A critique of the Southern Baptist Sunday school's attitude toward children based on current and historical analyses" (1991). Honors Theses. 599.