The Transient & Permanent

On May 19, 1841, Theodore Parker delivered one of the most famous sermons of the Unitarian tradition “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity.”  His sermon proclaimed that even if Jesus had never lived the core insights of Christianity would still be true. Not having Jesus as a teacher or an authority on the truth is okay because he merely points to the truth and, thus, is a part of the transient attempts to discover what is permanently true.  We know our physical forms, our bodies, are transient. Yet is there something about our essence, our being, that is permanent? And what would that mean?

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