Friends Five-Year Meeting, Part 2: Jesus and the Gothic Principle, 1969 July 21


In this second sermon from the Friends Five-Year Meeting, Thurman parallels the insights of Jesus with the principles of Gothic architecture. In the iconic Gothic arch, Thurman sees pillars that are grounded in the earth, and yet stretch up into infinity. This, he says, reflects human beings in both our earth-bound creatureliness and the reality of the human spirit which seeks trust, understanding, and love. Thurman ties this insight to the temptation story in which the tempter urges Jesus to turn stone to bread, to which Jesus responds that man does not live by bread alone. Here, Thurman says, Jesus affirms that human beings have both creaturely and spiritual needs, and that the two are indeed part of one creative beat.

Item Relations

This item has no relations.

Suggest a Correction to the Transcript