This is from the bound collection—“bundle #6”—that is labeled “Sermons During the War.” In this collection were two sermons that noted in their first paragraph a request to ministers to preach a patriotic sermon, this one, and “The Spirit of ‘76.” Both appear to be incomplete given their abrupt endings. Thus, our best guess is that these are two different attempts to draft “a patriotic sermon.” Neither has an explicit date. But internal evidence in “A Sermon on Patriotism” clearly dates them to April 15, 1917, very shortly after the United States entered “the Great War,” April 6, 1917.
Davis' view of the war is that it started as the old authoritarian order of empire was crumbling, and will emerge as a victory for democracy.
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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, World War I
Davis, Earl Clement, "A Sermon on Patriotism" (1917). Sermons, 1905-1919. 43.