Sermons, 1905-1919

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In some cases, Earl Davis bound together manuscripts in bundles. This manuscript is part of one such bundle of seven, held together by four brass fasteners. Six of the seven can be dated to 1918.

This sermon is a commentary on the transformations being wrought by the war. Davis makes a case that "we are surging forward towards a better tomorrow." He supports this with some history: From the 19th century, "if we have learned anything at all, [it is] that God operates in and through human life, human history, human experience." God does not operate by revelation or miracles, and both extreme positions of pure materialism and pure spiritualism are untenable. He also observes that "the universe is ordered in intelligence, and to our tasks we must bring intelligence, disinterested, fearless, and keen. Every thought, every custom, every institution must be subjected to this test".

Date refers to Date Given.

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


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

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Religion, in Life and In Reality [Four Fasteners Bundle]



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