Manuscripts, 1933-1953

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This address, written with Carl Heath Kopf, minister of the Mt. Vernon Church of Boston, was delivered at the Massachusetts Convention of Congregational Ministers in King’s Chapel, Boston. They argue that the direction of history is from Authority, Revelation, and Obedience to Freedom, Discovery, and Consent. They discuss early efforts of the Pilgrims in the creation of a congregational focused church.

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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, democracy

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Democracy Versus Authority in Church (and State)



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