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 1, 1910,” it is clear that 1911 is meant. Not only was this manuscript bound after the December 25, 1910 sermon, but tellingly January 1 falls on a Sunday in 1911, but not in 1910.

This sermon starts by distinguishing four stages in how thoughts of heaven developed across time. The last of these is what he calls "Modern religion", heaven is built on earth through our ideals and our actions. The demands of the new year are (1) to recognize this point of view and its implications; (2) to seek knowledge, what Davis refers to as "deep sympathetic insight into the signs of the times;" (3) to devote oneself to "the holiest and best things of life," which are our sacred values and ideals.

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

Rights Statement

The Demands of the New Year



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