Sermons, 1902-1904

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This sermon sees Earl Clement Davis encouraging every individual to connect directly and deeply with God, and to nourish their spiritual needs. It contains an interesting real-life metaphor regarding a scientist who thought he solved the problem of perpetual motion. His attempt, which involved connecting an electric dynamo with a electric motor, worked initially but eventually ran down. Davis equates this attempt with what happens to spiritual nourishment based only on human connection. He states that while the habit of doing good has become fixed, its spiritual power has waned.

Date refers to Date Given. There is no date for this sermon, but it is very likely from 1903.

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


Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, philosophy, Matthew 18:21

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The Renewal of the Spirit



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