Sermons, 1905-1919

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This is from the bound collection —“bundle #5”— that includes sermons from January 2, 1910 to January 15, 1911. While the manuscript says, “January 15, 1910,” it is clear that 1911 is meant. Not only was this manuscript bound after the December 25, 1910 sermon, but tellingly January 15 falls on a Sunday in 1911, but not in 1910.

Earl Davis writes:
"For millions upon millions of years the vast mill of the universe has been plodding on its rounds of work...surely nature is a great plodding machine. Plod, plod, plod, here and there, a slight change, plod, plod, plod, and then another change. That is the method of development, the method of evolution. No miracle, no strange inexplicable phenomena, no interruptions by foreign forces, just plod, plod, plod in [the] development and unfolding of the forces that lie implicit in the universe. It is the method of God; it is God."

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

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Plodding Illuminated by Imagination



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