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 addresses the problem of evil, and considers how there can be evil in a world with an omnipotent, benevolent God. The first thing Davis argues is that the world is not finished. All the evidence we have is of continuous change at the natural and human levels. The unfinished and imperfect world provides us the experience we need to understand what would be better--and the motivation to consecrate us to action. Davis ends with the poem "All for One and One for All" by James Gowdy Clark.

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

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The Travail and Pain of Human Life: What Can It Mean?



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