Prompted by his ten year anniversary in Petersham, MA, Earl Davis looks forward. He is concerned about the major changes afoot in science and technology that are threatening religious life. He canvasses three possible responses, only one of which he supports:
The two inadvisable options are 1. to focus on ceremonies and to shield oneself from curiosity or 2. to revive the past. The response he supports and pushes for is to embrace the change and engage it with mind and heart. Davis states that this is the way of excitement, zest, and growth in all aspects of life. He states that the church should be a place "of keen intellectual influence...a place where, with malice towards none, and with charity for all, we may sift the golf [sic] of modern thought, as well as ancient thought from the dross, and carry the gold of truth...".
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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion
Davis, Earl Clement, "Remarks at Tenth Anniversary" (1942). Sermons, 1933-1953. 1.