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.
Milacci, Frederick, "Religious Imagery and the American Association for Adult Education: The Gospel of the AAAE" (1994). Faculty Publications and Presentations. 6.