Saturday, February 9, 2013

What Is Sunday School, And Why?



A Sunday School is an institution designed to teach people, usually children, about Christianity, named such because most Christian churches meet on Sunday.  In later years Sunday School became the generic name for many different types of religious education pursued on Sundays by various denominations.

Sunday schools, contrary to the name, are virtually never recognized educational institutions; rather than offering formal grades or transcripts, Sunday schools simply attempt to offer meaningful instruction concerning Christian doctrine.

Some Roman Catholic churches operate Sunday schools, though Catholics commonly refer to Sunday school as catechism class.

Sunday school teachers are usually lay people who are selected for their role in the church by a designated coordinator, board, or a committee. Normally, the selection is based on a perception of character and ability to teach the Bible rather than formal training in education.

Some churches require Sunday School teachers and catechists to attend courses to ensure that they have a sufficient understanding of the faith and of the teaching process to educate others. Other churches allow volunteers to teach without training; a profession of faith and a desire to teach is all that is required in such cases

Why do churches invest so heavily in Sunday Schools?

By instilling information (whether correct or incorrect) in the receptive minds of innocent young children The Church gains control of those minds, and by force of habit the teachings (whether correct or incorrect) are then permanently established as facts within those minds, and they are usually reinforced by parents, peers, and assorted well-meaning adults.

What is taught in Sunday Schools?
Basic Sunday School Teachings :
God is our Lord and Master.
The Bible tells us so.
The Bible is The Word of God.

Make the fertile young minds of children believe those three pronouncements and they will continue to believe them as adults, even in the face of contrary modern knowledge. Their minds have been captured and are under control of The Church.

What is needed is a series of New Sunday School lessons presenting scientific FACTS instead of mythical FABLES.

Stating tomorrow, if I decide I can do it, this blog will strive to offer a modern day lesson each Sunday.



On this day, February 9, 1942, Congress pushed ahead standard time for the United States by one hour in each time zone, imposing daylight saving time -- called at the time "war time."

Daylight saving time, suggested by President Roosevelt, was imposed to conserve fuel, and could be traced back to World War I, when Congress imposed one standard time on the United States to enable the country to better utilize resources,

Note: Arizona, where I have lived for the last three years, does not move the clock backward and forward as do so many of the states. And I think that's great.



transfiguration  (trans-fig-yuh-ray-shun)
a. A marked change in form or appearance; a metamorphosis.
b. A change that glorifies or exalts.
2. Transfiguration
a. Bible The sudden emanation of radiance from the person of Jesus that occurred on a mountain.
b. The Christian feast commemorating this event, observed on August 6 in the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches, on August 19 in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and on the Sunday before Lent in most Protestant churches.

The Transfiguration of Jesus is an episode in the New Testament narrative in which Jesus is transfigured (or metamorphosed) and becomes radiant upon a mountain.

In these accounts, Jesus and three of his apostles go to a mountain. On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Then the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him and he speaks with them. Jesus is then called "Son" by a voice in the sky, assumed to be God the Father.

More at Wikipedia.



Born Feb. 9, 1949
Age: 63 years old

Judith Ellen Light is an American actress. Her television roles include Karen Wolek on the soap opera One Life to Live, Angela Bower on the sitcom Who's the Boss?, Claire Meade on ABC's series Ugly Betty and Elizabeth "Liz" Donnelly on Law & Order Special Victims Unit. She won a Tony Award in 2012 for her performance on Broadway as Silda in the play Other Desert Cities.

Born Feb. 9, 1943
Age: 69 years old

Joseph Frank "Joe" Pesci is an American actor, comedian and musician, known for his collaborations with Robert De Niro. He is known for playing a variety of different roles, from violent mobsters to comedic leads to quirky sidekicks. Pesci has starred in a number of high profile films including Goodfellas, Casino, Raging Bull, Once Upon a Time in America, My Cousin Vinny, JFK, Home Alone, and the Lethal Weapon series. He took a six-year hiatus from acting between 1999 and 2005 before returning for a cameo in The Good Shepherd (2006).

Born Feb. 9, 1914
Died Apr 26, 1970

Gypsy Rose Lee was an American burlesque entertainer famous for her striptease act. She was also an actress, author, and playwright whose 1957 memoir was made into the stage musical and film Gypsy.

Born Feb. 9, 1773
Died Apr. 4, 1841

William Henry Harrison was the ninth President of the United States (1841), an American military officer and politician, and the first president to die in office. He was 68 years, 23 days old when inaugurated, the oldest president to take office until Ronald Reagan in 1981, and last President to be born before the United States Declaration of Independence.

Harrison died on his 32nd day in office of complications from pneumonia, serving the shortest tenure in United States presidential history. His death sparked a brief constitutional crisis, but that crisis ultimately resolved many questions about presidential succession left unanswered by the Constitution until passage of the 25th Amendment.


Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
--Napoleon Bonaparte

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