Sermons, 1905-1919

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This is from the bound collection—“bundle #4”—that includes sermons from February 14, 1909 to December 26, 1909.

This sermon advances the idea that "amateur thinkers" are more important to the progress of the world than professional thinkers. Multiple examples are provided, starting with Jesus (as opposed to the priests and scribes of his day), and Amos from the Old Testament. He speaks about the early unrest leading up to the Reformation, specifically the "Thirty Weavers of Worcester" from 1165. More recently, he addresses the cooperative movement of the 19th century. In all these cases it was amateur thinkers that moved things forward.

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

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Confidence in the Amateur Thinker



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