The Rise and Development of the Congregational Polity and Spirit in New England

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circa 1905


The 'Rise and Development' series starts with the Church at Scrooby, England, from whence the Pilgrims came. They were a Separatist Church that advocated for a more strict Calvinism than the Church of England, but also advocated for the right to free inquiry in matters religious and universal priesthood (i.e., against a special class of priests whose job it is to tell people what to believe).

Davis' use of "these lessons" suggests that these manuscripts were intended for, and delivered to, a congregation. For this reason the most like date from 1905-1906 in Pittsfield.

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Transcription by Davis Baird. Item description based off writing and context provided by Davis Baird.


Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, history, Pilgrims

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Lecture One: The Church at Scrooby



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