Recreation and Amusements

Early in their history Seventh-day Adventists devoted little time to recreation or amusements. Three reasons for this may be cited: (1) the Seventh-day Adventist Church arose in New England, an area noted for its Puritan background, (2) the church arose during the Victorian Age, noted for its conservatism, and probably most important, (3) the early SDA pioneers believed that the Lord’s coming was so imminent that what little time remained should be occupied in proclaiming the Second Advent and preparing for that solemn event. As time continued and the membership grew, the need to satisfy the social requirements of the young people became increasingly apparent. Efforts were made to set up guiding principles in choice of acceptable forms of recreation and amusements. As early as 1865 the R...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.