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An incomplete -- but long -- manuscript. Davis arrives at two key generalizations. The first is that social developments grow out of forces already operating in life. The second is a moral generalization -- that free inquiry is a fundamental moral principle for modern life. His route to these generalizations is by considering the lives and efforts of early pioneers, his own ancestors, and Thomas Hooker, who co-founded Hartford, Connecticut in the mid-1600s. Davis tries twice to argue that the world is imbued with moral purpose, but the essay is incomplete on this point.

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Earl Clement Davis, minister, religion, philosophy

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Permanent Characteristics of Liberal Religion



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