Sermons, 1905-1919

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This is from the bound collection that includes sermons from May 24, 1908 to August 9, 1908.

Earl Davis begins with a quote from James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans to the effect that God is to be found in nature. Davis suggests that at some point everyone feels an urge to get to the hills and commune with nature. Included is a lengthy passage from Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Feet of Young Men". What is the draw? It is a desire to feel the "depth and the glorious mystery of life." But this "mountain climbing" is also a metaphor; it is the longing for understanding truth, beauty, and goodness in the world. Once one does so understand, one also understands that it is down to us to make this a world of truth, beauty and goodness.

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

Rights Statement

Mountain Climbing



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