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The Dramatic Conception of Sunday School

Robert Raikes was a bit of a dandy—walking about town in his wig and claret-colored coat, and carrying a gold snuff case—but he was also a committed member of the Church of England. "I see my own unworthiness more clearly, and with this plea, I go more boldly to the throne of grace."

His first efforts to live out his Christian convictions focused on prison reform, but he then decided children must be put on the right path before evil habits were formed. One day in 1780, Raikes's newspaper business took him to an impoverished suburb of Gloucester. He was shocked ...

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