Adult Education In The Church Of Tomorrow

The Future Course of Christian Adult Education, edited by Lawrence C. Little (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1959, 322 pp., $5), is reviewed by C. Adrian Heaton, President, California Baptist Theological Seminary.

With the awareness that nearly fifteen million adults are enrolled in American Church School classes, ninety leaders in the field of Christian education and related disciplines met for a workshop at the University of Pittsburgh, June 15 to 17, 1958. They faced the present status and probable future of adult Christian education.

This volume contains 18 major addresses plus three group presentations. Also included is the study outline prepared in advance of the workshop and a bibliography compiled by Lawrence C. Little, Conference Director. Space permits comment on only a few of the papers.

Protestant churches are beginning to take with greater seriousness their obligations to their adult members according to Gerald E. Knoff, Executive Secretary of the Division of Christian Education of the NCC (chap. 2). He gives six reasons for this: (1) there is a new concern for the nature of the Gospel and the Church; (2) there is a deepened interest in the Bible; (3) there is a growing interest in cooperative Christianity; (4) there is a renewed sense of denominational particularity; (5) there is a fresh sensitivity to the needs of people along with the challenge of numerical growth; and (6) there is a consciousness that the crucial questions of our time are not going to be answered finally by children and youth. Albert D. Martin writes on “Changing Obligations of Citizenship” (chap. 4). The citizen in America today cannot function effectively unless he re-evaluates “the valued judgments ...

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