I've been thinking a lot about how Christianity is by its very nature not a static thing but adaptable and always changing. It seems to me that is the way it should be. The tradition I come from wanted to go back to the first century and RESTORE Christianity to how it was at its founding. The assumption was that there was one, immutable way for it to be and we must practice only that version of Christianity. But long ago I lost confidence in that approach. I came across a quotation this morning while reading Edward Hirsch's book "How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry." It supports my view. Edward, on page 193 of my Kindle version, cites this as from Hart Crane and his "General Aims and Theories" which I have not read.
New conditions of life germinate new forms of spiritual understandingHirsch is discussing art and says of the above that "This key modernist idea, that fresh or changing conditions ferment fresh forms, has had particular resonance" in the New World . . . .
Even though he is discussing art, I think the principle holds for religion. Art and religion are intertwined, despite how the Reformation heritage has attempted to squelch the connection.