Davis ponders what is the purpose of going to church? It appears to waste a productive day. Most of the contributions of churches in the past -- education, culture, philanthropy -- have been taken by other institutions. Davis "rejoices" in religion's success in prompting other institutions to take on these tasks. But still, then, why go to church? It is important for community making and it is important for prompting us to "see the bigger picture." Nice history of the sabbath in this sermon.
While this sermon is not dates, it is almost certainly from the 1905-1906 period when Earl Davis hand-wrote his sermons. In addition to the hand-writing, the paper is consistent with other dated sermons from that time.
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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, church
Davis, Earl Clement, "Why Does No One Go To Church?" (2022). Sermons, 1905-1919. 26.