Thomas s kidd is the author of benjamin franklin: the religious life of a founding father (yale university press, 2017) comment s the story must be told. One engaging way to get a taste of eighteenth-century america is to read the autobiography of benjamin franklin in the autobiography, one can discover much about british colonial america, including economics, politics, war, and, not least important, early american religion. By his mid-teens, franklin's exposure to writings by skeptical critics of christianity helped him become a thorough deist, as he tells us in his autobiography but throughout his adult life, franklin displayed signs of the enduring influence of his parents' faith.
This is a digital copy of a book that was preserved for generations on library shelves before it was carefully scanned by google as part of a project. Here is my creed, benjamin franklin wrote to ezra stiles -- the calvinist president of yale college -- in 1790 i believe in one god, creator of the universe. Benjamin franklin's autobiography is both an important historical document and franklin's major literary work it was not only the first autobiography to achieve widespread popularity, but after two hundred years remains one of the most enduringly popular examples of the genre ever written. For franklin, religion is not attending church on sundays it is a form of expression and a way of life, never reduced to a mere sermon or a memorized prayer franklin's true religion is his service to his fellow man.
Benjamin franklin (1706-1790) was a scientist, ambassador, philosopher, statesmen, writer, businessman and celebrated free thinker and wit franklin is often referred to as 'america's renaissance man' and he played a pivotal role in forging a united american identity during the american revolution. From the first line, franklin's autobiography illustrates the complex character of the man who wrote it, not only through the facts it states but also through the attitudes it reveals the productive tension in franklin's nature between the lighthearted and the earnest is evident by the end of the first paragraph. Franklin was born the 10th son of the 17 children of a man who made soap and candles, one of the lowliest of the artisan crafts in an age that privileged the firstborn son, franklin was, as he tartly noted in his autobiography, the youngest son of the youngest son for five generations back. Benjamin franklin on interfaith engagement stories may 14, 2013 leave a comment in 1739, benjamin franklin became involved with one of the earliest documented places intended for interfaith use in america.
The autobiography of benjamin franklin with introduction and notes edited by charles w eliot , the electronic classics series, jim manis, editor, psu-hazleton, hazleton, pa 18202 is a portable document file produced as part of an ongoing publication project to bring classical. Benjamin franklin was an author, diplomat, statesman, scientist, inventor and philosopher and pretty much the leonardo da vinci of the 18 th century he made his fortune as a newspaper publisher in philadelphia, before dedicating himself to a life of public service. Us'd and gave them success (franklin, the autobiography of benjamin franklin, 28) i chose this quote to open this essay because it's one of the first things franklin talks about when he takes over in his autobiography. Benjamin franklin was raised in a christian home, but according to his autobiography, he decided to become a deist at the age of fifteen after reading several books on the subject he soon began to doubt this decision, however, and he wrote that i began to suspect that this doctrine, though it might be true, was not very useful. Welcome to the litcharts study guide on benjamin franklin's the autobiography of benjamin franklin created by the original team behind sparknotes, litcharts are the world's best literature guides benjamin franklin was born the youngest son to josiah franklin, a candle and soap maker, in boston.
Benjamin franklin was born in boston, massachusetts, on the seventeenth day of january, 1706 his father was a true puritan, and emigrated hither from england, in 1682 he soon afterward married miss folger, a native of boston. Benjamin franklin his autobiography 1706-1757 chapter 1 twyford, at the bishop of st asaph's, 1771 dear son: i have ever had pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes of my ancestors. Benjamin franklin his autobiography 1706-1757 the whole autobiography in one file with introduction and notes edited by charles w eliot lld p f collier & son company, new york (1909) twyford, at the bishop of st asaph's, 1771. New york, ny the religious views of benjamin franklin, chapter 5, pages 53-57 tags: christianity this entry was posted on friday, october 29th, 2010 at 12:05 am and is filed under america , blessings , christian faith , founding fathers , religion. Franklin has replaced god with reason as his most influential ideological i and like the puritan's god, franklin's reason is equally pervasive in his life this entry was posted in uncategorized and tagged benjamin franklin , fish , ideological i , puritans , reading autobiography.
Franklin was raised in a puritan family, and though his religious outlook was somewhat complicated (and at least at times involved deism), one can see the influence of puritan values, along with his zeal for scholarship, entrepreneurship, and citizenship, on his understanding and. The autobiography of benjamin franklin questions and answers - discover the enotescom community of teachers, mentors and students just like you that can answer any question you might have on the. The careful study of the autobiography is also valuable because of the style in which it is written if robert louis stevenson is right in believing that his remarkable style was acquired by imitation then the youth who would gain the power to express his ideas clearly, forcibly, and interestingly cannot do better than to study franklin's method.
Benjamin franklin (1706-1790) is one of the most popular of america's founders he is well known for helping to draft the declaration of independence and taking part in the constitutional convention that led to the us constitution. What benjamin franklin really said about vegetarianism by larry kaiser while it is becoming more common to see articles on vegetarian diets in general interest publications, references to the history of vegetarianism often don't appear in the media. Benjamin franklin's autobiography is a strict stance against old world values the main old view value stated that the christian church must deliver the laws which she hath received from her king, not dare make laws (hall xi. The autobiography of benjamin franklin benjamin franklin (1806 -1890) and his autobiography wrote his autobiography in four stages and by bits and snatches across twenty years between 1771 and 1790 the most famous and longest first section was completed in just thirteen days called a memoir at the time.