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.

Charles William Eliot (1834-1926) was President of Harvard University from 1869 to 1909; this included the period of time when Earl Davis was a student in the Harvard Divinity School. This sermon was inspired by a conference held at the opening of the 1909 Harvard Divinity School summer session. Roughly half of the sermon focuses on the address by Charles Eliot — then having just stepped down from the Harvard Presidency — which closed the conference. This address ultimately was published — Charles W. Eliot, “The Religion of the Future,” The Modern Review, January 1912, pp. 30-39 — and by comparing quotations
in Davis’ text with this publication, it was possible to confirm these quotations.

Evidently a printed copy of Eliot’s talk was made available at the conference — or Davis took remarkably good notes. Using quotation indentation, efforts are made to signal which portions of the sermon text are direct quotes from Eliot’s published article.

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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, Charles William Eliot

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Ex-President Eliot as a Religious Thinker



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