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.

In this sermon, Davis rejects fond looks to the past (Thomas Carlyle) and future (Edward Bellamy) and urges us to live in the present. To live best is to emphasize one's unique -- and divine -- personality. He expresses concerns about the homogenizing effects of education, labor, etc, saying "dare to be non-conformist."

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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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Take Time to Live [String-Bound Sermons]



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