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 takes the elusiveness in trying to turn smoke (thought) to pen (writing) and uses it as an exercise. He tells his audience to "excuse personal idiosyncrasies as they present themselves, in the name of good fellowship. By the aid of my pen, I try to bring you some of the thoughts which I delight in when the strange hour of the pipe and the fire are upon me". The result is a sermon that starts out almost cosmic in tone. Davis gradually segues into considering and discussing the scientific method as a "clarifying reagent to all the problems which confront us".
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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, philosophy
Davis, Earl Clement, "From Smoke to Pen [String-Bound Sermons]" (1906). Sermons, 1905-1919. 23.