This is one of twelve sermons Earl Davis kept together in a twine-bound collection. While these manuscripts are undated, internal evidence clearly dates them to the years 1909-1911.
This is a long piece (and one of the essential ones in this collection), covering a lot of ground with fairly "sharp edges." There are three major sections, (1) on churches as institutions, (2) on the role of churches with current social problems, (3) the relation of churches to socialism. Earl Davis finds himself on the "revolutionary" end of this spectrum. He writes, "it is a fight between those, who by means for the most part unscrupulous and inhuman, have gained control of the machines of production and distribution, and those who use those machines." Socialists are working for a cooperative commonwealth, reminding that socialism is not communism, nor is revolutionary socialism advocating violence. It is change.
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Earl Clement Davis, minister, Unitarianism, religion, socialism, capitalism, church
Davis, Earl Clement, "The Churches and Socialism [Twine Bound Bundle]" (1910). Manuscripts. 30.