Sermons, 1902-1904

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circa 1902-1904


With this sermon, Earl Davis considers the origin of Jesus' authority. He argues that he did not speak from external authority (an oracle, a sacred text), but from internal convictions driven by keen observation and introspection. Davis goes further to point out that if this is the source of Jesus' authority, that we all have access to these same sources. This sermon features a fairly extensive use of Biblical material. Of particular note is the way Davis' Biblical quotations differ slightly from the language of the King James Bible, and, in this instance, differ with each other. Here we have three versions of Matthew 6:33.

While this manuscript has no date, there is the notation "(8)" at the top, similar to other notations from dated sermons from Earl Davis' time as a student at Harvard. On the back of the last page is the location, Manchester, NH and "Hum. 2" which likely refers to a class he was taking at Harvard.

The primary downloadable document contains the original document followed by the transcription. The bottom of each item page also features the primary document as an embedded pdf for browsing.

Transcription by Davis Baird. Item description based off writing and context provided by Davis Baird.


Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, philosophy, Jesus, Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 7:7-12, Matthew 7:24-29, Matthew 7:29

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Authority in Religious Life



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