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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.
Included in the string-bound collection of sermons were two versions of “The Finality of the Christian Religion”. Both are inspired by Professor George Burman Foster’s 1906 book of the same title. What we have called “Version 1” reads more like a book review. Davis fully discredits "supernaturalism" or "authority-religion" and looks for a different approach to the religious value of Jesus in his personality, his will, his faith.
“Version 2” contains Earl Davis’ more considered thinking prompted by the book. He proclaims supernatural approaches dead, but that pure materialism is equally unappealing. It is through human personality, human seeking for ideals, that we find the power of Jesus and religion in modern times. Both versions of this work are available here, with "Version 2" being the primary document.
The primary downloadable document contains the original document followed by the transcription. The bottom of each item page also features the primary document as an embedded pdf for browsing.
Transcription by Davis Baird. Item description based off writing and context provided by Davis Baird.
Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, philosophy, Christianity
Davis, Earl Clement, "The Finality of Christianity [String-Bound Sermons]" (1906). Sermons, 1905-1919. 19.