So the Christianity of Jesus is permanent, though what passes for Christianity
with popes and catechisms, with sects and churches, in the first century or
in the nineteenth century, prove transient also....
Let the transient pass, fleet as it will.... God send us a real religious life....
THE REV. THEODORE PARKER
From Parker's landmark sermon, "A Discourse on the Transient and
Permanent in Christianity" (1841), one of the defining documents
of nineteenth-century American Unitarianism. Quoted in Erik Walker
Wikstrom’s cover story, "Jesus and the Modern Seeker," page 26.
features JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2004 · VOL
XVIII NO 1
Seeing Jesus with Modern Eyes
The accretions of centuries—cultural,
religious, political—often obscure the kernels of truth to be found in the person
The Fundamentalist Agenda
The ancient and powerful impulse to create
stability must be humanized by liberalism.
A Life Committed to Justice
For three decades Tom Andrews has been at the forefront
of movements for peace and justice.
Photographs on cover: Tenth-century ceramic/© Kurt
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