Authentication Materials:

  1. Speech title as it is to be printed: “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity.”
  2. Exact date and place of speech delivery: 19 May 1841. Boston, MA.
  3. Full name of speaker, with year of birth and year of death: Theodore Parker (1810-1860).
  4. Full name of editor of electronic text: Eric C. Miller.
  5. Date of electronic edition: Summer 2024.
  6. Languages: English (100%).
  7. Indication of editorial functions performed: Eric C. Miller transcribed and proofread the speech as found in The Collected Works of Theodore Parker.

Bibliographic List of Sources:

Parker, Theodore. “A Discourse of the Transient and Permanent in Christianity.” In The Collected Works of Theodore Parker, ed. Frances Power Cobbe, 1-30. London: Trübner & Company, 1864. [=A]

Parker, Theodore. “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity.” In Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism: Channing-Emerson-Parker, 113-152. Boston: Beacon Press, 1961. [=B]

Statement of Editorial Procedures:

This unit relies on a transcription of the speech published in The Collected Works of Theodore Parker, copy-text A [=A]. This speech appears in various forms, but the transcription in [=A] seems to be the most accurate version since it is closest to when the speech was given.

Copy-text B was used for grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and paragraphing.

The text of this edition has been thoroughly checked and proofread.

In paragraph 34, “his soul his empty” is corrected to copy-text B, which says “his soul is empty.”

All double quotation marks are rendered with “, all single quotation marks with apostrophe ‘.

This copy text is not subject to end-of-line hyphenation.

Special characters and characters with diachronic marks: none.

There are no other departures from the copy-text.