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This is from a collection of manuscripts — mostly class papers — written while Davis was a student at Harvard Divinity School, 1902-1904. This manuscript is clearly for the Theology I class he took during the 1902-03 academic year.

In this paper, Davis first dismisses "materialistic philosophy" because it cannot account for ideals. He develops in some detail what he calls "the method of postulates." Here he sets out several postulates about God (colloquially, truth, goodness and beauty) and argues that they account for the evidence. He considers and dismisses the various arguments for God in the historical literature -- Anselm's ontological argument, Descartes' cosmological argument, and Kant's teleological argument. While none prove the existence of God, all support his postulate.

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Earl Clement Davis, Unitarianism, religion, theology

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Theology I: Being of God



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