Sermons, 1905-1919

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This is one of nine sermons Earl Davis kept together in a string-bound collection. All but one are undated. The dated one comes with an envelope marked April 1, 1906. The other eight sermons were gathered together and hand-written on similar paper. Therefore, it is reasonable to date all of them from 1906, probably Spring 1906.

A discussion prompted by the rise of multiple religious-like approaches to physical and mental health, These include Christian Science, Faith cure, and others. Features a lovely metaphor regarding a mule (Calvinism) and a cow (optimistic theism) "joined together dragging behind them the plow which served to dig up many of the choice plants of this fair field of life". William James' Varieties of Religious Experience is also discussed. Davis believes that the main point is to "get out of yourself."

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


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

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The Relation of Religion to Health [String-Bound Sermons]



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