Publication Date

October 1994

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Proceedings of Pennsylvania Adult and Continuing Education Research Conference. Monroeville, Pennsylvania: The Penn State University.


Using the findings from an analysis of articles appearing in the Journal of Adult Education, this paper shows how early adult educators used religious imagery to express their fervor and enthusiasm for the field of adult education. This religious-like sense of mission and purpose among early leaders in the field was grounded in the belief that adult education could bring hope and help to a troubled world and provides a refreshing alternative to the present-day push towards professionalization.