The Christian Sower (Keresztény Magvető), the quarterly review of the Unitarian Church is the oldest periodical in Transylvania. It was founded 150 years ago by the most prominent Unitarian intellectuals of those times. Its first editors were János Kriza who was later elected bishop of the Church and Lajos Nagy professor and later rector of the Unitarian College. Their initial aim was to create a periodical for the Unitarians, to help the preachers with ceremonial texts, as well as to present studies about the Unitarian past and important figures of Unitarianism.
The first volume was published in 1861 and it was rather an almanac. The next three volumes were also published yearly. Beginning with 1870 József Ferencz started to publish it as a quarterly. From now on the review got a more and more cultural-scientific character. Beyond the ceremonial texts it published philosophical and pedagogical studies, biographies, historical and statistical writings, news from the church-life, book-reviews, as well as miscellaneous news. Beginning with 1877 Dénes Péterfi became the editor of the review and until 1910 he did his best to make the Christian Sower not only a church-review but a well known publication of humanistic culture, of free religious thinking. In this period beyond the leading Unitarian thinkers a lot of university professors became collaborators of the review. The tragical end of World War I put an end to the Sower. In 1920, now in Romania, there was founded a Unitarian Literary Society. Beginning with 1922 they restarted the review giving to it a more literary-scientific character. Its editors were the well known literary historian István Borbély and Albert Vári, professor of theology. In 1944, at the end of World War II the review quitted its appearance. The communist rule oppressed the churches and strictly controlled their publications. Due to some liberalization in 1971 the Christian Sower could be started again, now as the only review of the Unitarian Church. Though it was censored it could publish ceremonial texts and some theological, historical and philosophical studies. Its editor, up to his death (1996) was János Erdő, professor of theology, then bishop. Two appendices complete the study: the bibliographical data of the review, the list of its off-prints published in the collection of Keresztény Magvető füzetei (Booklets of Christian Sower).
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