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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 has “Sermons I (14)” on the top of the first page. On the back side of the last page: “Read before the Harvard Unitarian Club meeting at the home of Wm. Liffany, Feb. 19, 1903

Earl Davis confronts one of Unitarianism's challenges -- that people want a personal relationship with God, something most Christian religions can supply through Jesus, but which Unitarianism cannot. Davis calls this need, "the Christ Idea.", arguing that by speaking of God's immanence in every person's soul -- as opposed to God's transcendence, Unitarians can solve the need for "the Christ Idea" without thinking of Jesus as more than a man. The "Leadership of Jesus" refers to his exemplary life as a moral ideal.

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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, philosophy, Jesus Christ

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Sermons I: The Leadership of Jesus



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