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Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father

Author: Thomas S. Kidd.

Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father

Author: Thomas S. Kidd.

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Item #: D32328
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2018
Publisher: Yale
ISBN: 9780300240177
Renowned as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin also published more works on religious topics than any other 18th-century American layperson. Born to Boston Puritans, by his teenage years Franklin had abandoned the exclusive Christian faith of his family and embraced deism. But as Thomas Kidd reveals, Franklin's beliefs were also shaped by ... More
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Renowned as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin also published more works on religious topics than any other 18th-century American layperson. Born to Boston Puritans, by his teenage years Franklin had abandoned the exclusive Christian faith of his family and embraced deism. But as Thomas Kidd reveals, Franklin's beliefs were also shaped by George Whitefield, the era's greatest evangelical preacher; his parents; and his beloved sister Jane. Drawing from Franklin's correspondence, essays, and almanacs, Kidd unpacks the contradictions and conundrums of Franklin's faith.


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