Sermons, 1905-1919

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According to a note attached to this sermon, it was given during June, 1918. Earl C. Davis also gave this sermon in Petersham on July 15, 1951.

This sermon is about the need for and search for "values that are good enough or true enough or beautiful enough to command our complete allegiance and fidelity; to give purpose and dignity to our life beyond the mere motions of animal existence." Jesus met this challenge in staying true to his conviction, even unto death; that was his commitment to his disciples in the story of the transfiguration. In current times with threat of authoritarianism we hunger for this kind of truth and integrity. There is also extended discussion of Henry David Thoreau's May 12th, 1857 journal entry.

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Transcription by Davis Baird. Item description based off writing and context provided by Davis Baird.


Earl Clement Davis, minister, religion, philosophy, Henry David Thoreau, Luke 9:28-36

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The Great Tradition Becomes the Great Faith



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