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.

This sermon explores two principles of the modern world: (1) Democracy -- every person counts, and (2) Labor -- one should only achieve by one's labor. Davis traces the long germination of these ideas back as far as the Peasant's revolt of 1381 with quotes from John Ball (1338-1381) and William Langland's poem "Piers the Plowman." He then ties the second principle of labor to Christian ethics (with support from George Burman Foster's 1909 book The Function of Religion in Man's Struggle for Existence), and to socialism.

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

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The Spirit of the Times



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