In this sermon, Davis considers the need for our obedience to God's will. He examines three aspects of Calvinism:
(1) Sovereignty of God (which Davis suggests is effectively the same as the sovereignty of natural law)
(2) Man's dependence on God -- again consistent with the idea that natural law covers the whole universe
(3) the doctrine of man's depravity and that of election by God. Davis calls this "obnoxious and revolting."
Obedience to the will of God includes "obeying the natural and moral laws." But it is more: it is a transcendent identification with God -- of all men with God -- with God's purposes and being. It is a loss of self into God. Davis describes the feeling of this state of identification.
While this manuscript has no date, there are internal references (included in footnotes of transcription) that strongly suggest this sermon was preached during Earl Davis' time as minister of the Unity Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, Calvinism, religion, philosophy, John 10:10
Davis, Earl Clement, "Obedience to the Will of God" (2022). Sermons, 1905-1919. 5.