Sermons, 1905-1919

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This is from the bound collection—“bundle #4”—that includes sermons from February 14, 1909 to December 26, 1909.

This sermon pesents a view of almost inexorable human progress -- with fits and starts -- where great leaders such as Jesus, Mohammed, Martin Luther, and John Calvin among many others, express the forward-looking cultural momentum for positive change. Followers follow leaders because leaders follow the interests of their followers. But then leaders get lionized and deified, and the true moral imperative -- the ideal they have articulated -- is lost in hero-worship. The tragedy is that we lose the sense that change is brought about by positive human -- not supernatural -- action.

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

Rights Statement

The Value and the Limitation of Allegiance to Religious Leaders



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