undated, circa 1905-1919
A sermon centered on the idea that education is fundamentally about learning how to live. It comes in informal ways over centuries -- eons -- the ten commandments were not "revealed" but were the result of "hundreds of thousands of years, and millions of human lives." He laments "some people seem to imagine that God is some kind of an expert head accountant, who spends all his time pouring over balance sheets of individuals and nations", reminding that "we talk and act as if we really imagined God were such a creature as that, but the rain falls upon the just and the unjust alike. God is no respecter of persons."
There is no date on this manuscript. However, the paper—size and type—are identical to sermons that can be dated to Earl Davis’ time at the Unity Church in Pittsfield (1905-1919). His early sermons (1905-07) there were hand-written. So this typed manuscript is later than 1907.
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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, education
Davis, Earl Clement, "The Ethical Significance of the Changing Social Order in its Bearing on the Institution of Education" (2022). Sermons, 1905-1919. 37.